(Second in a 2-Part Series)
Last week I wrote a post called 7 Shocking Abortion News Items, giving a synopsis of trending negative news in the battle for Life. As I said then, reporting (and reading) distasteful stories such as these is often dispiriting. Yet it is necessary to realistically face up to the sinister way that abortion has been woven into the very fabric of our society. Only when we are able to knowledgably face our foes, will we be able to successfully witness for Life. As a counterbalance, I also promised to write a companion piece about good news and heartwarming stories. So, without further ado, prepare to be blessed:
1. Hundreds of Families Call to Adopt and Save Down Syndrome Baby From Abortion
Even as the diabolic activities against passage of SB1 in Austin, TX were reported, there was an amazing story from Virginia. Father Thomas Vander Woude, a parish priest in Gainsville took to his parish Facebook fan page in a plea for the life of an unborn baby with Down Syndrome. The distressed parents had come to him to share their decision to abort, but agreed to carry the baby to term if an adoptive family could be found. The resulting rush of offers was heartwarming and astounding.
2. UK’s tiniest baby, given 1% chance of survival, turns 10: mom was advised to abort
Five months into Lorraine Hart’s pregnancy, her unborn daughter was given a 1% chance of survival. Her doctors advised that her much-wanted baby was not growing properly and recommended abortion – advice the parents rejected. They decided to continue with the pregnancy despite the dire prediction that she would not live past birth. Born in 2003, at 12oz and 7 inches long, she was a little miracle. The mother described seeing her little daughter right after birth, saying, "I literally just cried and cried. I could not believe that something so small could survive. She was so tiny but she was so active. Her hands were going, she was her own little person and I cried for a long time. She was surviving - that was my main concern”. Today Aaliyah is 10 years old, the same size as her peers, and captain of her football team.
3. Poll: Abortion Support at Lowest Point in Three Years, Pro-Life at Highest
A Rasmussen poll recently asked, “Generally speaking, on the issue of abortion, do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?” The national telephone shows a trend toward a pro-life viewpoint . Rasmussen says, that, “the 46% percent on the pro-abortion side is down 7 percent from April — before national coverage of the Kermit Gosnell late-term abortion and infanticide trial”. Check out the rest of the story for more details.
4. The healing hold of a baby
“I was raped at 16 and had an abortion,” said the student at a college campus pro-life display recently. What followed was truly amazing. An encounter that began as a debate between a pro-life counselor and a pro-choice student soon turned into a wonderful healing experience. The most effective pro-life tool? The opportunity to hold 3-month-old Elizabeth.
5. My Mother Volunteered at Planned Parenthood, But Regretted Her Abortion
“The pro-abortionist wants the post-aborted woman to continue living a lie, and leave her in emotional bondage. The pro-lifer desires to help acknowledge the truth and set her free.” ~Dave Andrusko, Editor of National Right to Life
Both young women found out about their mother’s abortions after they were in their twenties. How that knowledge affected both their own lives, and those of their mothers is enlightening. All four of these women are activists in the realm of Life – but as polar opposites.
6. As a Father of Five I’m Now Pro-Life, But My First Child Died in Abortion
“My mom thought it was right for me to tell you,” she said, “that I had an abortion and the kid was yours.” ~ Matt Barber
A father of 5 – three on earth on two in heaven – wrote a letter to the long ago high school girl friend whose child was lost to abortion. The message is poignant and filled with ownership of guilt, yet it reaffirms forgiveness and Life.
7. Pro-Life Advocates Outnumber Abortion Activists as Texas Debate Continues
They were loud and shouted ‘Hail Satan’ as they rabidly denied the right to life of even babies at 20 weeks. As unbelievable as it is, they fought mightily against regulations that would keep women safer when they visited abortion mills (I just can’t seem to use the word ‘clinic’). What was powerful was that the pro-life advocates outnumbered them, even as the pro-abortion demonstrators were bused in and paid by Planned Parenthood.
8. She Changed My Life Without Taking a Single Breath
“Because of you, dear girl, I turned from my sin and brokenness and returned to the Saviour of my soul. He rescued me through you.” ~Hannah Rose Allen
As a frightened, pregnant 19 year old she was on track for an abortion. God’s saving grace saved her and her unborn daughter from the pain of abortion.
9. I Have No Arms, But I Raised My Hand for Babies at the Texas Legislature
As someone who disliked politics and was uncomfortable with the intensity of the debate, Chet McDoniel nevertheless felt the call to testify on behalf of the Pain Capable Act in Austin, TX. After birth, the attending physician had left him in a corner to die due to concern that he may be “as mangled on the inside” as he “was on the outside.” After arriving and registering, his information was lost and he was dead last in the first come, first served list. Satan had put up a road block…
BONUS STORY – because it’s so much more fun to report something good!
10. Pro-Lifers Show Massive Support for Raped Teen Who Rejected Abortion and Kept Baby
Thirteen year old Ashley was raped by her brother’s 17 year old friend, who never saw a day in jail. Conversely she was stigmatized and found no support. This story’s silver lining concerns a man who was conceived in rape himself and how he, along with the pro-life community embraced her and her precious son, Aiden.
To recap: we have a trend of ever higher pro-life positions in our population, those who were once pro-choice become pro-life, more babies are surviving when science says they won’t, and incredible support (shown in action) by pro-lifers reaps tangible results. What encouraging news! However, our work is far from over. Results like these take years to achieve. There will be no resting on laurels in this life or death battle. Lest we forget what a formidable adversary the Devil is, let’s keep working for a Culture of Life – with a firm resolve and the love of God in our hearts.