DNA analysis shows that prehistoric people treated disabled children with respect

By Michael Cook In ancient cultures some children were born with Down syndrome and other genetic disorders. But our prehistoric forebears treated them with great respect.  This is the conclusion reached by an international team of researchers who studied the DNA of human remains in ancient burial sites. Their global study involved screening DNA from about …

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How the slaughter of 300,000 people with disabilities paved the way for the Holocaust of the Jews

When any category of human beings, born or unborn, is “disvalued,” their lives will eventually be in imminent peril By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. This first ran in 2017, but I think you’ll agree its lessons about what happens when people are dehumanized is always timely. The perfect headline captures the gist of a story …

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Parents of children with Trisomy 18 outraged over media’s false reporting

By Cassy Fiano-Chesser  Parents of children with Trisomy 18 are outraged over the media’s false reporting of the condition amid the headline-dominating case of a Texas woman who sued the state, claiming she needed a “medically necessary” abortion after her child with diagnosed with the genetic condition. Kate Cox has been at the center of media headlines for …

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The stunning truth about Trisomy 18

By Chris Alexis A lot of people have read about Kate Cox, whose unborn child was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, and their hearts have ached for her. It’s an intense scenario that no one could fully appreciate unless they’ve been there. But with the pain comes a message of hope. And perhaps surprise. For those …

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Unknowingly using language employed by the Nazis a reminder of how we can inadvertently dehumanize entire groups of people

By Laura Echevarria, Director of Communications and Press Secretary A recent errand meant spending a little time in the lobby of a local business. While I waited, I had the opportunity to talk to the owner’s father who is now in his mid-80s and who helped start the business in the late 1970s. I’ve seen him …

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Young family faces daughter’s diagnosis with faith: ‘In God, there’s hope’

By Lisa Bast  Kali Jackson always knew she’d attend college. Her goal was to study nursing and eventually embark on a career as a pediatrician. Since the sixth grade, Jackson had been enrolled in The Young Scholars Program with the promise of a full scholarship to Ohio State University. She never saw herself in the role …

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Teaching the brains of paralyzed people to communicate

By Michael Cook One of the most terrifying accidents imaginable is to become paralyzed and to be unable to speak. Fortunately, scientists are gradually learning how to interpret signals from the brain and translate them into letters, words, and eventually speech. In a milestone for brain-computer interfaces (BCI), researchers at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley have shown …

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The Life-Affirming Response to Preborn Children with a Life-Limiting Disability

By Ashley Leenerts, Texas Right to Life When a family receives a life-limiting diagnosis for their preborn child, these parents face life-altering changes to their future plans. This is a heartbreaking situation that has been highlighted in recent news because of a lawsuit against Texas’ strong Pro-Life laws, which do not include an exception for …

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Rising Star: Teen Ballerina Born Without Arms AMAZES Internet by her Grace

By Ashlynn Lemos, Texas Right to Life Vitoria Bueno Boche, 19 years old from Mina Gerais, Brazil, was born without arms due to a congenital defect. Although this does impact her life, it has never caused her to lose sight of her dreams.  At the age of five, her physiotherapist realized that every time Vitoria …

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What a joy to find a couple so wholly given over to the idea that all people— regardless of ability or disability— can be a blessing to others!

By Laura Echevarria, NRL Director of Communications and Press Secretary Editor’s note. This appeared in the January 2022 issue of  National Right to Life News and is very much worth a second read. Our culture embraces people with disabilities more readily than it has in the past but many of those same supportive voices claim that …

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Massachusetts politician resigns due to backlash from remarks about children with ‘defects’

By Cassy Fiano-Chesser  A Massachusetts politician who said abortion is needed so babies with disabilities wouldn’t be born — and become drains on the system — was voted to remain as chair of the local Democratic party. But after backlash, he resigned. Last month, Michael Hugo spoke in a city council meeting about keeping pregnancy resource …

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