18 years ago, a hospice nurse prayed for a baby to live – and this year, she took his graduation photos

By Bridget Sielicki  While every high school graduation is a cause for celebration, for the family of Braden West it’s an especially momentous occasion. That’s because Braden, of Kentucky, was never expected to live past infancy. When his mother, Cheri West, was pregnant with him, doctors predicted that Braden would be born with a number …

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“Every prediction has been wrong”: Girl with rare conditions defies odds after mother refuses abortion

By SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children Editor’s note. My family will be gone on vacation through August 24. During that span we’ll run prior posts from the past year that remain timely and/or were particularly well-received. We will also add a new story or two as events dictate. A proud mother who …

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Evidence illustrates strong presumption from doctors that parents with disabled children would choose to have them aborted

By Sarah Terzo Commenting on testimony about the way parents of disabled preborn babies: On Monday February 11,  we heard evidence at the inquiry from disability rights activists, parents of children born with disabilities and support groups for affected families. There were several strong themes that emerged. First, there seemed to be very little support …

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Little girl, whose surrogate Mom refused to abort her, dies at 8. “Seraphina’s larger than life personality only grew throughout her life”

By Dave Andrusko Some stories come in and pass through your mind quickly. Others you never forget.  One of those—way back in 2012—was the unforgettable story of Seraphina Harrell and Crystal Kelley. Kelley, Seraphina’s surrogate mother, refused to abort her even though offered $10,000 by the couple that hired Kelley to carry the baby. Why …

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Baby Tinslee’s lawyers file motion to allow new doctor to treat her

By Texas Right to Life A doctor agreed to perform a tracheostomy for Baby Tinslee Lewis, the 17-month old at the center of a legal dispute regarding Texas’ 10-Day Rule. The family’s lawyers filed a motion on Tuesday afternoon in a Tarrant County district court asking the court to require Cook Children’s Medical Center to …

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Medical miracle, 6-year-old Alabama boy defies doctors’ predictions of an early death

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. If there is such a thing as an evergreen stories, medical miracles where kids overcome insuperable odds qualities. This appeared a year ago in NRL News Today. I took a quick peek this afternoon at the Facebook page Grayson Kole Smith’s parents use to update followers about their six year old’s progress. …

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National Council on Disability Decries Michael Hickson’s “unnecessary” Death

By Wesley J. Smith Michael Hickson died after being refused potential curative treatment for COVID and being shuttled to hospice instead because — as a quadriplegic and cognitively disabled man — his doctor said he had an insufficient “quality of life” to save him, and that such care would not ameliorate his underlying disabilities. Here …

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Oldest woman in the US with Trisomy 18 turns 40; parents told at birth their daughter would live four months

By Texas Right to Life When Megan Hayes was born in 1980, her parents were told they would only have weeks or months with their daughter.  Her mother, Sara, told the local news in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, “When Megan was born, she immediately went to the NICU.  I didn’t get to see her at all until the …

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During this pandemic, the rights of Oregonians with disabilities need to be protected

By Lois Anderson, Executive Director, Oregon Right to Life During this pandemic, Oregonians with special needs are in danger. There have been cases in Oregon where hospitals have refused access to their advocates. Their care was compromised. Some, in other states, have even died. The Oregon Legislature needs to protect their rights when being treated in their local …

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Doctors told Harper-Mae’s mother to abort because her daughter would never walk. She’s proved them all wrong.

By Cassy Fiano-Chesser  A little girl is walking even though doctors believed she never would, and encouraged her mother to have an abortion. Harper-Mae is a happy toddler who is destroying the boundaries set before her and refusing to let spina bifida keep her down. Florida mom Erica Ardolino-Comparin was 37 when she got pregnant …

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Man paralyzed and unable to speak for 12 years has a message for the world: his life is worth living

By Texas Right to Life Paul Trossèl is a husband, father, author, and entrepreneur.  His life is full and meaningful by almost any estimation, but he was not always seen that way.  More than 12 years ago, Trossèl suffered a brain stem stroke that dramatically altered his day-to-day life. Since the stroke, he has been paralyzed and unable …

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Groundbreaking Law Approved in Oklahoma

National Right to Life Model Law Prevents Health Care Payers from Using Discriminatory Criteria WASHINGTON — Yesterday, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) signed a groundbreaking new law preventing discriminatory denial of health care to persons with disabilities or chronic illness. The “Nondiscrimination in Health Care Coverage Act,” which is based on model legislation drafted by …

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