Hard Cases – Incest / Rape / Congenital Anomalies / Life of Mother

Autistic Salutatorian Delivers High School Graduation Speech (2010)

Autistic Salutatorian Delivers High School Graduation Speech: Rhode Island High Schooler Leads Class Despite Speech Struggle Eric Duquette is the salutatorian of his high school, an honor student, a musician, and he has autism. Despite his early struggles with speech, today he speaks both English and Spanish. He's a member of the Spanish National Honor Society and placed 93rd in the nation on the Spanish V exam. "Daniel Webster wrote that 'if my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it I would soon regain all the rest,'" Duquette said at the podium. "For me, learning to communicate did mean regaining all the rest." [http://abcnews.go.com/WN/Broadcast/student-autism-class-salutatorian-delivers-high-school-graduation/story?id=10933858...

Famed Blind Singer Andrea Boccelli Reveals That He Was Almost Aborted (2010)

http://www.IamWholeLife.com  What would the world have been like without Andrea Bocelli, Italian pop, opera, and classical singer? With millions of infants having been victim to abortion, the blind international music sensation has revealed that he too could have been one more abortion statistic. The “I am Whole Life” project has produced a YouTube video with Bocelli, playing the piano, recounting the story of a young woman who had been hospitalized and treated for a “simple attack of appendicitis.” As Bocelli recounts, doctors had suggested to his mother that she “abort the child” because the child would be born with a disability. “But the young brave wife decided not to abort, and the child was born,” recounted Bocelli. “That woman was my mother, and I was the child.” Bocelli was born in 1958 to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli. At his birth, doctors diagnosed him as having congenital glaucoma, and by age 12 he was completely blind. “Maybe I am partisan, but I can say it was the right choice,” said Bocelli. Millions of Bocelli’s fans worldwide could also agree. In spite of this disability, Bocelli developed a passion for music, that would lead to a career of international hit singles, eight operas, and 70 million copies of his albums.  For years Bocelli used to be an agnostic, but returned to his Christian faith in 1994 in part due to reading the works of Leo Tolstoy, which are said to have convinced him that life was not random chance, but had a purpose. Bocelli said he hoped that the story of his brave mother “could encourage many mothers that find themselves...

Victims and Victors Research Survey: Most Don't Want Abortion

…It Only Adds to the Trauma   There has been very little research conducted to date on the experiences of women who became pregnant as a result of rape or incest. One survey was conducted by the Elliot Institute for our book,  Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions and Children Resulting From Sexual Assault. Our survey was based on letters and survey responses of 192 women who became pregnant as a result of rape or incest. 164 were victims of rape and 28 were victims of incest (sexual assault involving a family member). Overall, 69 percent continued the pregnancy and either raised the child or made an adoption plan, 29 percent had abortions and 1.5 percent had miscarriages. Nearly 80 percent of the women who aborted the pregnancy reported that abortion had been the wrong solution. Most women who had abortions said that abortion only increased the trauma they were experiencing. In many cases, the victim faced strong pressure or demands to abort. 43 percent of rape victims who aborted said they felt pressured or were strongly directed by family members or health workers to abort. In almost every case where an incest victim had an abortion, it was the girl's parents or the perpetrator who made the decision and arrangements for the abortion, not the girl herself. In several cases, the abortion was carried out against her expressed wishes, and in a few cases, without her knowledge that she was pregnant or that an abortion was taking place. More than 80 percent of the women who carried their pregnancies to term said that they were...

Rape, Incest and Abortion: Searching Beyond the Myths

“How can you deny an abortion to a twelve-year-old girl who is the victim of incest?” Typically, people on both sides of the abortion debate accept the premise that most women who become pregnant through sexual assault want abortions. From this “fact,” it naturally follows that the reason women want abortions in these cases is because it will help them to put the assault behind them, recover more quickly, and avoid the additional trauma of giving birth to a “rapist’s child.” But in fact, the welfare of a mother and her child are never at odds, even in sexual assault cases. As the stories of many women confirm, both the mother and the child are helped by preserving life, not by perpetuating violence. Sadly, however, the testimonies of women who have actually been pregnant through sexual assault are routinely left out of this public debate. Many people, including sexual assault victims who have never been pregnant, may be forming opinions based on their own prejudices and fears rather than the real life experiences of those people who have been in this difficult situation and reality. For example, it is commonly assumed that rape victims who become pregnant would naturally want abortions. But in the only major study of pregnant rape victims ever done prior to this book, Dr. Sandra Mahkorn found that 75 to 85 percent did not have abortions. This figure is remarkably similar to the 73 percent birth rate found in our sample of 164 pregnant rape victims. This one finding alone should cause people to pause and reflect on the presumption that abortion is wanted or...

If you miscarry your baby…

www.heavensgain.com Each miscarried baby is a loss and each family grieves differently.  Proper burial of miscarried babies in a little casket was very important to us.  We wanted to find a little baby casket or tiny coffin for our miscarried babies.  Heaven's Gain is our attempt to aid parents in finding a small baby casket sized appropriately for their baby who died less than full term… We hope our tiny baby burial caskets and other miscarriage burial products will acknowledge and uphold the dignity of each miscarried baby and bring comfort and closure to each grieving mother, father, and family. ...

Two Stories of Motherly Love for Their Babies (2009)

Mother’s Last Skin-to-Skin Goodbye Saved Her 20 oz Baby        Sometimes a preemie doesn’t need to be hooked up to 10 different machines to be given the chance to survive.     When Carolyn Isbister put her 20oz baby on her chest for a cuddle, she thought that it would be the only chance she would ever have to hold her.     Doctors had told the parents that baby Rachel only had only minutes to live because her heart was beating once every ten seconds and she was not breathing.     Isbister remembers:     I didn’t want her to die being cold. So I lifted her out of her blanket and put her against my skin to warm her up. Her feet were so cold.     It was the only cuddle I was going to have with her, so I wanted to remember the moment.” Then something remarkable happened. The warmth of her mother’s skin kick started Rachael’s heart into beating properly, which allowed her to take little breaths of her own.     We couldn’t believe it – and neither could the doctors. She let out a tiny cry.     The doctors came in and said there was still no hope – but I wasn’t letting go of her. We had her blessed by the hospital chaplain, and waited for her to slip away. But she still hung on.     And then amazingly the pink color began to return to her cheeks. She literally was turning from gray to pink before our eyes, and she began to warm up too.     The sad part is that when the baby...

Palin Revelation (2009)

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made a surprising admission recently that she had considered having an abortion after learning that her son Trig would have Down syndrome.   Speaking before the Vanderburgh County Right to Life banquet in Evansville, Ind., Palin delved deep into personal matters she has shied away from in the past. She avoided using the word "abortion" in her speech, preferring to use the phrase "change the circumstances."   When she learned of Trig's diagnosis, while on an out-of-state trip, Palin said she thought, "Wow, it is easy. It could be easy to think maybe of trying to change the circumstances. And no one would know. No one would ever know."   Ultimately, Palin said she decided she was going to have to "walk the walk" and remain faithful to her long-standing opposition to abortion. But she said that the experience had helped give her an "understanding for … why someone might believe it would be possible to change those circumstances. Just make it all go away."   "I had just enough faith to know that trying to change the circumstances wasn't any answer," she said.   Palin used her own "moment of doubt" to illustrate her support for carrying pregnancies to term, regardless of the circumstances. She prayed during her pregnancy for the strength and compassion to love a baby with an extra chromosome, she said.   "The moment he was born, I knew that moment my prayers had been answered," Palin said. "Trig is a miracle, and he has brought amazing and surprising happiness and great, great perspective," she said. "He is the best thing...

New Injection May Cut DOWN SYNDROME Symptoms in Womb, Reduce Abortions

Government researchers say they have developed a new injection that could curb the effects of Down Syndrome. Dr. Catherine Spong headed the National Institutes of Health research team that conducted the tests and published their results in the latest issue of New Scientist. According to their report, the researchers developed an injection based on two proteins that they have found can help brains grow normally. People afflicted with Down Syndrome make fewer of the proteins. They tested the idea on mice and say they injected the proteins into an unborn mouse to reduce the effects of Down Syndrome during pregnancy and had success. If the results can be replicated in humans, the new shot could help reduce the abortion rates of babies with the condition – abortion of Down babies runs as high as 90%. The scientists genetically engineered the mice to have pups who had Down and gave them the shot midway through the pregnancy. They found the mice given the shots reached the same developmental milestones as mice born without the condition. Spong said a “significant amount” of the developmental delay had been prevented due to the shots and that they had normal levels of the ADNP protein that Down causes to be underdeveloped. They are now watching the mice to see if they reach the same levels of development in their later years. Tests on humans are still years away but observers say they could result in a reduced number of abortions. Still Carol Boys, chief executive of the Down’s Syndrome Association in England, told the London Daily Mail that people should be cautious about calling...

Bill to Help Women with Babies with Genetic Defects Passed

The Pre-natally and Post-natally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act (PPDCAA), which proposes to offer information and services for expectant and young mothers of handicapped children, was signed into US federal law in October. The law is an attempt to address the dramatic plunge in births of children with genetic defects, since widespread access to pre-birth genetic screening has encouraged abortions of babies with Down syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, and other conditions. Among Down syndrome babies the abortion rate is estimated to be as high as 90 percent. The law requires that expectant mothers be provided with adequate prognoses of their babies’ life expectancies, possible medical conditions resulting from their primary condition, and adoption options. Follow up care is also required, following the births of babies with genetic abnormalities. The bill was sponsored by Sens. Sam Brownback and Ted Kennedy, a most unlikely coalition. Brownback is known for his strong pro-life stance, while Kennedy has long been a leading advocate of abortion rights. However, the two ideological opponents united to pass the law, says prominent bioethicist Wesley Smith, “to prevent parents from being subtly or expressly pushed in making decisions about their genetically disabled child.” Some pro-abortion activists, however, are skeptical about the benefits of the law. Diana Gray, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University Medical School, told STLtoday.com that providing un-requested information about adoption to pregnant women might make the doctor appear “biased” and “judgmental.” Gray also suggests that there are not many families who would want to adopt children with genetic conditions. However, the evidence suggests otherwise. As STLtoday reports, there are currently more families trying to adopt...

A Miracle from Within

A story that I first heard 25 years ago is worth re-telling. It was from Dr. J.A. MacDougall of St. John's, New Brunswick. It happened right after World War II before we had any effective treatment for tuberculosis. Back in those days, when a person got active TB, we put them in a tuberculosis hospital and isolated them from the rest of the community, for they were contagious.  This story is about a 23-year-old woman. She was seriously ill with TB. Her husband had brought a mild case back home with him from the war and she had caught it. She had literally no resistance and now was rapidly losing ground as the infection took its toll. The lower lobe of her right lung had an enlarging tuberculosis cavity in it. She was weak and losing weight. The doctors had tried everything they knew and they had finally admitted that they were licked.  It was December. The doctor went in to tell her that medically there was no hope. The decision lay with God. She asked just one thing: "If I'm still alive on Christmas Eve, I'd like your promise that I can go hom for Christmas." She had weighed 125 pounds, but was down to 87, and her fever ranged from 101 to 103. She looked terribly ill but always smiled.   The doctors had tried a new method of injecting aire into her abdominal cavity in an attempt to push her diaphragm up so as to collapse that part of the lung. It was known then that if you could collapse the lung so that the cavity...

Help and Hope for Those with an Adverse Prenatal Diagnosis

There are support groups for those who resist pressure from many in the medical community, and instead carry their child to term. One such group, Prenatal Partners for Life, was founded by Mary Kellet after she and her husband, Don, were blessed with their 11th child, Peter, born in 2005 with Trisomy 18. This strongly pro-life organization offers support, information and encouragement for carrying to term with an adverse prenatal diagnosis and support for raising a child with special needs after birth — www.prenatalpartnersforlife.org.    [Pro-Life Action News, April 2008]   International Down Syndrome Coalition for Life — http://idscforlife.wordpress.com/     Update: Prenatal Partners For Life http://www.prenatalpartnersforlife.org/ Prenatal Partners for Life is a group of concerned parents (most of whom have or had a special needs child), medical professionals, legal professionals and clergy whose aim is to support, inform and encourage expectant or new parents. We offer support by connecting parents facing an adverse diagnosis (for example, Downs Syndrome, Trisomy 18, Anacephaly) with other parents who have had the same diagnosis. We have many resources such as adoption agencies with clients waiting to adopt and love a special needs child should a parent feel they could not care for them. We provide bereavement support including financial aid for funeral costs and markers should a beloved child not survive long after birth. We also provide education and support for those in the medical community who are charged with the care of these "extra special" needs children. We believe each child is a special gift … and there must be an alternative to abortion and infanticide. www.heavensgain.com Each miscarried baby is...

The Miracle of Garrett Steven

On May 24, 2007, my husband and I joyfully discovered that our lives, as we currently knew, were never going to be the same. As those two little lines magically appeared on a pregnancy test, we were thrilled at the thought of becoming parents… Like most soon-to-be parents, we started talking about names, decorating the nursery and dreaming about the day our little one was going to enter the world. We quickly spread our exciting news to family and friends. Over the next couple of months, my pregnancy was smooth sailing. However, upon some routine tests, our doctor informed us that we neede to schedule an appointment for a high-resolution ultrasound. On August 22, all our hopes and dreams of our precious little baby were shattered. We learned that our baby had anencephaly. This is a neural tube defect incompatible with life. The doctors tried to assure us that he had no chance of survival and now was the time to do what was best for us. It was clear that the world encouraged termination because that would somehow make the issue go away. However, we knew that God had a plan for our baby's life no matter how brief. At that appointment we also learned that we were having a boy and we immediately chose a name with significance. His name would be Garrett Steven, Garrett in memory of my husband's mother, and Steven in memory of my father.In the following days and weeks, we searched for information on anencephaly because up until that day, we had never heard the word. We also began to ask why and...

Honoring the Life of Claire Hope (2008)

Claire's Hope Project: Honoring the Life of Claire Hope Claire Hope was a beautiful child with Trisomy 18. Her parents were "encouraged" to abort her, but instead brought their precious child to term. Claire Hope lived for several weeks, bringing great joy and appreciation to her parents. To show their thanks for Claire Hope's life, her parents purchased a building which housed an abortion business for many years. They named the project Claire's Hope.  Nearly 250 guests, some from Pensacola, Florida, and as far away as Baton Rouge, Louisiana, came to Mobile, Alabama, to celebrate the newly opened Claire's Hope on 9 May 2008. The crowd anxiously awaited the unveiling of what Claire's Hope will actually do with this former abortion business. Daniel Johnson thanked the new building owners for allowing the beautiful life of their daughter, Claire, to inspire them to raise awareness and to educate. Jennifer Lopes, Executive Director of Claire's Hope then approached the podium to share the vision of Claire's parents Billy and Tammy. Lopes plans to work with local community and leaders to create a place that will give the facts about abortion, abortion alternatives, and adoption placement. One former "procedure room" in the building will be transformed into a "live birth room" replete with a birth table, a warming bed, a fetal heart monitor, and a sonogram machine. The room will also have a flat screen television with a documentary produced by Adoption Rocks, an adoption awareness group, located in Mobile, Alabama. The film features a birth mom who chose to place her child for adoption and her reasons why. Another room once...

Miracle Child Once Scheduled For Abortion At Tiller’s Now Goes To Abortion Site To Save Lives

Donna Joy and her mom helped pass the Federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban in 2003 and Delivered Petition to U.S. Supreme Court Justices In 2007 Donna Joy Vance has been called a life spared to impact a nation. She certainly has done that in her young life, having appeared at Congressional Hearings in support of a Federal ban on Partial Birth Abortions and in the process, made friends with some of the most influential politicians in Washington, DC. Last year, Donna Joy hand delivered the 2007 Kansas Coalition For Life Signature Ad to all nine U.S. Supreme Court Justices, the first time in the history of the High Court that they have accepted such a petition. Yet, Donna Joy was once scheduled for abortion at Tiller’s late-term abortion mill after having been prenatally diagnosed with severe fetal anomalies — conditions the doctors said were “incompatible with life.” Thankfully, her mother refused the abortion. Today, Donna Joy is very much alive and will join her mother, Lori, outside Tiller’s abortion site where they hope to help other women choose life for their pre-born babies. Tiller specializes in late-term abortion for fetal anomaly, even though Kansas law prohibits such abortions after 22 weeks. He currently faces 19 criminal charges for committing illegal late-term abortions and a grand jury investigation that could net additional indictments. Donna Joy and her mother Lori Vance will be available for comment to the media outside Women’s Health Care Services located at 5107 E. Kellogg in Wichita, KS, today, Thursday, May 15, at Noon. This will be the first time Donna Joy has visited Tiller’s abortion clinic....

Alaska Governor Gives Birth to Down Baby Despite Abortion Pressure

As many as 80 percent of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome become victims of abortion, but Alaska Gov, Sarah Palin didn’t let her child become a statistic. Palin, who has deeply-felt pro-life views, gave birth to her fifth child this week and the baby was diagnosed with the condition. On Tuesday, Palin confirmed her baby, named Trig, has Down syndrome.”Trig is beautiful and already adored by us,” Palin said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained.” We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives,” she said. ‘We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed,” the 44 year-old governor added. Trig was born on Friday, one month before his due date, and he weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces. Pro-life advocates heaped praise on Palin about the news and said she and her family made a courageous decision to keep the baby. “I can’t help but remember Governor Palin’s campaign slogan ‘Take a Stand,'” Debbie Joslin, the president of Eagle Forum Alaska told LifeNews.com. “Her choice to value life in a very personal way speaks volumes and gives those of us in the pro-life community in Alaska cause to believe that we truly do have a pro-life leader in charge of our state,” she said. “When so many in our culture have chosen to devalue the lives of those who face special learning disabilities, Governor Palin shines as a great positive...

Quality Diagnostic Counseling Needed to Support Pregnant Women (2008)

24 February 2008, BMJ Luca Puccetti, President of Interdisciplinary Medical Society Promed Galileo Pisa, 56011, Renzo Puccetti, MD   Italian law rules (act N. 194/1978) that termination of pregnancies after the first trimester is possible only "when pathological processes are ascertained, including those concerning relevant foetal abnormalities or deformities, which determine a serious danger for the woman's physical or psychological health" [1].   By Italian law (1) when foetus can lives independently abortion is possible only when pregnancy (or delivery) represents a serious danger for the woman's life.   Thanks to improvements in life support prematures can now live independently also at 22-23 weeks.   In Italy in 2005 abortions were 132,790, those performed after the first trimester were 2,7% and those performed at/after the 21th gestational week were 0,7% which means 929 abortions (2) performed near to the beginning of the possible, independent life.   Incredibly no guidelines exist to evaluate what could be considered a "relevant" abnormality, neither any document or guideline has ever been provided about validated methods or procedures to evaluate the risk for the woman's mental health. The certification of the risk for woman's health is valid even if signed by a not specialized physician and it is possible to reiterate the request for certification without any limit in case of physician's refusal.   Given the lack of specific guidelines the physician's judgement is absolutely discreptional, thus an abortion can occurr after the first trimester also in case of minimal abnormalities.   Notwithstanding the quality of life in 47 XXY Klinefelter's syndrome is near normal in most cases, pregnancy termination rate of Klinefelter's foetus...

Doctor Advised Mother to Abort Tim Tebow

MOTHER OF HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER TIM TEBOW REJECTED DOCTOR'S ADVICE TO ABORT HIM. University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow won U.S. college football's highest honour 10Dec07. If his mother had followed her doctor's advice when she was carrying him, he would be just another abortion statistic. Tim's parents, Bob and Pam Tebow, moved to the Philippines in 1985 to conduct a Christian missionary outreach. While pregnant with Tim, Pam contracted amoebic dysentery through contaminated drinking water. Her doctor told her that the medications she needed to recover would result in irreversible damage to the child she was carrying. She was advised to have an abortion. She refused. Tim was born healthy and robust in 1987. His mother described him as "skinny, but rather long." Today he stands six-foot-three, weighs 235 pounds, and has been described as a physical and athletic phenomenon. Tim was fortunate to be born into a family that has strong roots…and a deep understanding of the precious gift that each life is not only to them, but also to the world. The untold numbers of children saved from abortion, or even surviving abortion, that have brought their talents, skills, and contribution to the world, like Tim Tebow, are a resounding testament to pro-life work. [11Dec07, New York, T.M. Baklinski,...

Respect for Life: Brazilian Baby with Anencephaly Now Ten Months Old

Little Marcela de Jesus Galante Ferrerira continues to surprise the world. She is now ten months old despite doctors’ predictions that she would die soon after being born. She suffers from anencephaly, a birth defect in which the brain does not develop. Since her birth Marcela has become a symbol of the pro-life movement in a country that is debating allowing abortion in such cases. Although babies with anencephaly tend to die shortly after birth and only in rare cases live beyond three months, Marcela has broken a world record with her ten months of life. She now weighs 24.6 pounds, surpassing the average weight of her age group. Since April she has been at home with her parents in the city of Ribeirao Preto, 256 miles northeast of Sao Paulo. According to her pediatrician, Dr. Marcia Beani, despite her birth defect, Marcela is very active, can recognize her mother and cries when she is not in her arms. She still is being fed with a tube, but occasionally she can take soup and soft foods. She uses an oxygen mask to breath but she can breathe on her own for around two hours per day. [Rio de Janeiro, Sep 26, 2007, http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=10495...

Rape, Incest: New Facts, New Answers

The Hard Cases: New Facts, New Answers   Women victimized by sexual assault deserve our full support. They are asking legislators for a chance to tell their side of the story. Studies show that most do not want abortion. Those who aborted report that it only increased their trauma. Those who didn't abort had no regrets about carrying their pregnancy to term. Better outcomes among women who don't abort. In the only major survey ever conducted of women who became pregnant through sexual assault: 70% had their babies, and none regretted their decision. 78% of those who aborted regretted the abortion and said that abortion was the wrong solution.1 Women impacted by assault-related pregnancy petition for Congressional hearings. Studies indicate abortion makes a traumatic situation even worse. An Ad Hoc Committee of Women Pregnant by Sexual Assault has put together a Petition to Congress and State Legislators to request hearings on this issue (www.unchoice.info/pdf/hardcases.htm ). Assault victims are often coerced into and further traumatized by abortion. A survey of women who've had a sexual assault pregnancy revealed that many only aborted because they felt pressured, and that abortion only increased their grief and trauma.1 Assault victims often report that someone else made the abortion decision for them. The pressure to abort can escalate to violence or even murder.2 Teens have been taken to clinics for forced abortions and returned to their rapists.1 64% of women surveyed after abortion report feeling pressured into abortion.3 (For research, headlines and stories of coercion and abortion-related violence, download "Forced Abortion in America," and other resources and fact sheets at www.unchoice.info/resources.htm.)   Assault cases...

Older Mother / Older Age Pregnancies

In recent issues of the magazine, we have asked readers to write in and tell us the oldest age at which they personally know of a woman getting pregnant naturally, and whether she delivered a healthy baby. The reason for this request is that we often get calls at CCL Headquarters from women in their forties who either fear or desire a pregnancy at this point in their lives. We received information on a total of 29 pregnancies, all ending in the births of healthy babies. Here’s the breakdown: Mom’s Age          Births    41                    1    42                    2    43                    4    44                    2    45                    2    46                    6    47                    5    48                    1    49                    1    50                    1    53                    1    54                    2    56                    1   Addressing couples who are facing a pregnancy during pre-menopause, the 4th Edition of The Art of NFP notes on page 455: “To be sure, you would probably have the well-publicized fears of bearing a child with Down’s Syndrome. The pessimist sees an increased risk in the more mature years; the optimist sees a 98% chance of having a fully normal child. The famed geneticist Jerome Lejeune questioned the established risk categories, noting that the often repeated statement that ‘older women have a greater chance of bearing a mongoloid child’ may not be correct. Furthermore, ‘upwards of 80% of Down’s babies will occur to younger mothers’ [under 35]. "As Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Willke put it: At a maternal age of 30, 99.9% of babies do not have it; at a maternal age of 36, 99.6% of babies do...