Sarah’s Story

By Catherine Treutelaar Editor’s note. The following appeared on the Life Voice Blog of Wisconsin Right to Life, NRLC’s staff affiliate. Below is the second in a series of stories showing the faces of the pain-capable unborn child. There are times when pain-capable unborn babies are diagnosed in the womb with a disability, and parents …

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“Oversold” and “misunderstood” prenatal screening tests “prompt abortions”

  By Dave Andrusko NRL News Today tries to keep up with the latest diagnostic tests that are marketed to pregnant women, usually as a way of determining the baby’s sex or whether he or she has Down syndrome. And the reason is obvious! What critics call the “de-selection of our children”–abortion–is the result anywhere …

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Prenatal surgery–and the unborn child as patient

  By Dave Andrusko In a story posted earlier today, NRL News Today wrote about the twice-fold misuse of medical technology. First, using prenatal screening techniques to “search out” unborn babies who are almost always aborted if a “flaw” like Down syndrome is discovered. Second, aborting babies who are mistakenly determined to have a disability, …

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Pro-choice researcher admits that aborting imperfect children creates disability rights conflicts

  By Sarah Terzo Years ago, Rayna Rapp discovered that her baby would be afflicted with Down syndrome. She and her partner chose for her to have an abortion. Ever since then, she has been writing about fetal testing and abortion. A supporter of legal abortion who has herself worked in an abortion clinic, the …

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Doctor’s explanation of disability risks in unborn children can be misleading, author says

  By Sarah Terzo In a previous article, I spoke about the pressure that doctors often put on the parents of disabled unborn babies to abort. One study cited in that article found that: … [d]espite the shock and grief they may experience upon hearing the news of a fetal anomaly, the pregnant woman and …

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Misdiagnosis or divine intervention? Baby given no hope to live, born completely healthy

  By Nancy Flanders At a routine 10 week ultrasound, Ida Raymond was told something could be wrong with her baby. She and her husband, along with their one year old son, were sent immediately to a different hospital for further testing. But according to Right to Life Michigan, which shares the story on their …

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Woman sees ultrasound, realizes she’s pregnant with “a little person”

  By Sarah Terzo From a woman who was being tested to see if her baby had Down syndrome or another handicap; she had been considering abortion if the baby was discovered to be disabled. She’s describing what she saw on the ultrasound: “I was on this incredible high, like I saw the head and …

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Women Deserve the Truth about Down syndrome and Pre-natal Testing

  By Leticia Velasquez Editor’s note. October is Down syndrome Awareness Month. We will be posting stories, just like this one, all month. In an age when we value informed consent and patient centered care, it’s a travesty that often the worst informed patient is the mother of a unborn baby with special needs. Everyone …

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Aborting a down syndrome baby because he can’t go to Cornell?

  Editor’s note. This appeared at clinicquotes.com. One father, a computer technologist, said the following about what he would think if the baby turned out to have Down’s: “I’m sorry to say that I just couldn’t accept that. I mean, I’ve worked hard to get where I am, I worked hard at Cornell. And I …

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Love is the Antidote to Prenatal Eugenic Cleansing

  By Wesley J. Smith Scientists have announced that they are perfecting a maternal blood test that will permit technologists to map the entire genome of the developing fetus. Unlike amniocentesis, which requires the insertion of a needle into the womb to obtain amniotic fluid, the test would come earlier in the pregnancy and put …

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Msgr. Charles Pope: “Life is Not Always What it Seems”

  By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. We had such a warm response to #NeverAlone that it made me think of other posts that remind us how little most parents know when they are told (pre- or post-natally] that their child has a disability. The following, inspired by a message delivered by Msgr. Pope, is a …

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Mother creates comic to discuss the possibility of aborting her daughter if she has cystic fibrosis

  By Nancy Flanders My daughter was six days old when we found out she has cystic fibrosis. The pulmonologist sent specific instructions asking us to stay away from Google until our first appointment which was two days away. He said most of the information we would find on CF would be completely outdated. I …

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