The power of words when an ultrasound reveals your baby has a “birth defect”

By Dave Andrusko Our last post of the day was made possible because a friend passed along a story that appears in the May edition of Christianity Today. Written by Kimi Harris, her lovely musings run under the headlined “When Our Ultrasound Revealed a Birth Defect, My Doctor Offered an Abortion: We’ve never regretted saying …

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Mom “listened to my instincts,” ignores advice to abort baby with half a heart. Little girl now doing just fine

By Dave Andrusko Looking at Beau, her 14-month-old daughter, Demi Goodman’s “chest swells with pride.” Beau is ”an amazing little girl,” Demi, 21, a stay-at-home mother from Birmingham, England told Elizabeth Archer of the Daily Express. “I always knew she would be a fighter.” As is her mom. Demi, who “was all over the moon” …

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Amazing: Unborn babies’ spines repaired in the womb in UK first

By SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children Great news for babies with spina bifida In a week that has seen two parliamentary attempts to strip protections from unborn babies, especially in Northern Ireland, the press has been celebrating surgeons’ ability to operate on babies in the womb with spina bifida. Huge operation For …

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New study finds outcomes for babies born with trisomy 13 and trisomy 18 “not as lethal as docs once said”

Thanks to Facebook, parents find support for decision not to abort their babies By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. My family and I will be on vacation through September 6. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told …

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Abortion is Never the Answer for Pregnant Women with Zika

New Study Finds that Less than 1 percent of Zika Infections During Pregnancy Lead to Microcephaly By Jonathan Abbamonte and Steven W. Mosher, Population Research Institute Abortion advocates have attempted to lobby and shame pro-life Latin American countries into legalizing abortion for women who may contract the Zika virus. Although it has not been proven that …

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Zika: still wrapped in mystery

By Michael Cook Editor’s note. The following is excerpted from a post at bioedge.org and is reprinted with permission. A week of confusing information about the Zika virus epidemic, which the World Health Organization has described as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern”. In a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, Slovenian clinicians …

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Another mother rejects advice to abort, Maisie doing wonderfully

  By Dave Andrusko This will be a short post for two reasons. Maisie Smith’s wonderful story is the last story of the day and I’ve been meaning to write about Maisie and her wonderful mother, Amy, for two days. (The full story can be read at www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Croydon-mum-8216-Doctors-advised-abortion-8211/story-21006651-detail/story.html.) Maisie’s and Amy’s story is one of …

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Couple says daughter with fatal prognosis is a gift from God

  By Jessica A. Botelho, Staff Reporter, The Rhode Island Catholic PROVIDENCE — The news for Sonia and Rony Morales was grim. At her 16-week ultrasound appointment five months ago, doctors informed Sonia that her baby has anencephaly, a neural tube defect in which portions of the brain, skull and scalp do not form in …

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Psychological trauma after abortion for fetal disability – parents need to know the facts

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and is CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. The belief that parents and families will be damaged by having a disabled child, and that this damage can be limited through …

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Midwife fights against describing children as “monsters”

By Heidi Miller The presence of birth defects found before a child is born will often cause his parents to make a life-or-death decision about their child. Do they risk the unknowns and have a baby who could potentially be “abnormal?” Or do they “dispose” of the child and any potential “problems”? While some children …

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