Human Rights

Prenatal testing pioneer regrets giving birth to son with Down syndrome

There has been a lot of discussion in the pro-life community about prenatal testing. It’s often blamed for the extraordinarily high rate of abortion among babies diagnosed prenatally with disabilities. It’s become so ubiquitous that parents now file wrongful birth suits for not having the opportunity to abort their children with disabilities. And while it would be impossible to lay blame at the feet of one sole person for this state of affairs, a good place to start would be with Len and Lee Herzenberg. The couple was recently spotlighted in NPR’s “Only Human” podcast series, in “A Birth That Launched The Search For A Down Syndrome Test.”

The Herzenbergs gave birth to their son, Michael, in 1961. He was whisked off to the NICU after he began turning blue, and not long after, doctors diagnosed Michael with Down syndrome. They gave him a few months to live, and then sent Len in to tell his wife. They immediately decided that they did not want their son anymore.

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Pro-abortion lawmaker’s Viagra bill in protest of pro-life laws is advancing in South Carolina

Last year, pro-abortion South Carolina lawmaker Mia McLeod proposed a bill that would place a variety of limits on erectile dysfunction drugs. In her own words, she wanted the bill to be “invasive, as intrusive, as hypocritical and unnecessary” as possible. Why? Because she’s trying to make a point.

McLeod’s bill would require men who need erectile dysfunction drugs to have a 24-hour waiting period, undergo sex therapy and a minimum of three counseling sessions, submit to a cardiac stress test, be given resources on celibacy, and have a notarized affidavit from a sexual partner confirming that he suffers from erectile dysfunction and has had difficulty performing within the past 90 days.

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Abortion advocates refuse to call 28-week-old baby a child

Apparently abortion advocates can’t even admit that a preborn baby who could survive outside the womb on her own is a child (or, in one case even a human life). Colorado’s legislative session has brought a number of debates on abortion-related topics, and at least two of the hearings, Representative Gordon Klingenschmitt has held up a 3D ultrasound photo of a 28-week-old baby and asked abortion supporters to tell him whether she is an unborn child. This baby is Lydia Neville, the daughter of another state representative, Patrick Neville.

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Baby girl denied chance at new heart because of developmental disability

Stephanie Parra was 32 weeks pregnant when doctors handed her devastating news. Her baby girl had a heart defect that was so severe they didn’t think she would live more than a few hours after birth. They told Parra that she should consider abortion.

“I reminded the doctor that I was 32 weeks,” she explained. “But the doctor said that my baby was considered defective and that you can terminate up to 38 or maybe 39 weeks. I told her, no, termination wasn’t an option. We were going to continue the pregnancy.”

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‘Fearless’ Katie Meade shows the world that “beauty belongs to everybody”

With hundreds of abortion supporters rallying outside the Indiana State Capital to target and promote aborting babies with Down Syndrome, Katie Meade’s national beauty campaign couldn’t be any more timely or “Fearless.”

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The world begins waking up to the hazards of surrogacy

On the surface, surrogacy seems like a wonderful thing: a couple struggling with infertility is given the gift of a child, thanks to the generosity of a woman who carries their precious baby for them. Ethically, though, there are a lot of problems with surrogacy, and horror stories around the world have brought those problems to the forefront. Now, the global surrogacy industry is suffering major setbacks as world leaders have begun questioning the practice of their countrywomen’s wombs being rented out for wealthy westerners to use.

Would-be parents pay up to $50,000, which mostly goes to foreign surrogacy agencies. The woman who carries the baby receives as little as $4,000. Now, laws are being passed around the world to stop the exploitation.

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24-week-old baby survives abortion in Poland, cries for an hour while left to die

The abortion industry doesn’t want to admit that babies can survive abortion. They call it a myth and pretend it doesn’t happen — but it does. And what happens when babies do survive abortions is chilling. Too often, the babies are left to die, with no comfort or compassion, but alone and cold and in pain. This is exactly what just happened in Poland, where a baby with Down syndrome was the victim of a botched abortion, and was then left to die, crying for nearly an hour while doctors did nothing.

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5 things to know about Down syndrome on World Down Syndrome Day

Each year, people around the world celebrate Down syndrome and advocate for awareness on March 21, World Down Syndrome Day. While we have made incredible gains towards acceptance of people with Down syndrome, there is still a very long way to go. The vast majority of babies who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome are still aborted. Adults with Down syndrome are still discriminated against, and treated as less valuable than people with the typical number of chromosomes. Politicians and pundits openly call for the forced abortion and euthanization of people with Down syndrome. Ignorance still abounds about Down syndrome, and the only way to combat ignorance is with information.

Here are five things to know about Down syndrome for World Down Syndrome Day…

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Abortion survivor on Senate Judiciary hearings: “Truth very much prevailed”

Saline abortion survivor Melissa Ohden, founder of the Abortion Survivors Network, is no stranger to being on the receiving end of insults from abortion advocates – which is why she expected more pushback at last week’s Senate Judiciary Hearings on late-term abortions and born-alive infants.

During the House Judiciary Committee hearings on Planned Parenthood last fall, Ohden testified in a much more hostile environment. In fact, Ohden told Live Action News that often, pro-abortion members of Congressional panels “don’t want to make eye contact with me. I’ve actually had legislators get up and leave the room before I testify. I’m prepared for that.”

But this time was different.

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Former abortionist to U.S. Senate: I killed more people than most mass murderers

ab-inp-aultmanFormer abortionist Dr. Kathi A. Aultman testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on March 15th, 2016. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss two pro-life bills. One bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks. The other would ensure that a baby accidentally born alive during an abortion procedure be given proper medical care and treatment.  Aultman, who has performed both first and second trimester abortions, testified in favor of the bills.

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Doctor who experiments on baby brains has relationship with Planned Parenthood

On March 2, the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives held its first hearing on the harvesting and selling of baby body parts. The hearing was focused on the ethics involved in fetal tissue research. One of the witnesses defending this research and the collection of baby body parts was Lawrence S.B. Goldstein, PhD, a professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

Goldstein’s testimony revealed the troubling reality of fetal tissue research.

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Analysis: Abortion facilities have history of deceptive counseling

Abortion facilities have a long, shameful history of lying to abortion- minded women about the development of their babies and the risks of abortion. We also have testimonies from women about their experiences. One woman named Sue said:

The doctor said: “Don’t worry, it’s not formed till after 12 weeks.” Then I saw the Human Body program [on the ABC]. I would not have gone ahead if I’d been told the truth about the formation of the baby.”(1)

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ISIS forces sex slaves to have abortions

On March 12, the New York Times released a deeply disturbing article detailing the abuse of women captured by ISIS. According to interviews with 37 women who have escaped from the so-called Islamic State, the fighters believe Islamic law only permits them to rape their captives if the women are not pregnant. They cite medieval rulings which prohibit a man from having sex with his slave if she is pregnant.

As a result of this restriction, ISIS fighters routinely force their captives to take birth control pills or injection contraceptives before raping them. Furthermore, if the women are already pregnant when they are captured, the ISIS fighters sometimes force them to have abortions.

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Abortionist: A 2nd trimester abortion is ‘the most horrifying procedure I can think about’

The late Dr. Bernard Nathanson once recorded a video of a D&E procedure, documenting its brutality. A D&E, which involves dismembering a preborn baby with forceps, is so brutal that even one doctor who has done thousands of  abortions won’t perform it anymore.

This doctor has performed over 1,200 abortions. Now, he’s revealing what actually happens during a second trimester abortion procedure. This video may just change the abortion debate.

Posted by Live Action on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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