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 He said most of the information we would find on CF would be completely outdated.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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Prenatal diagnosis of heart defects leads to more happy outcomes

  By Dave Andrusko A tip of the hat to News 4 in Jackson, Florida and to the Miami Herald for wonderful accounts about Tina Morton and her now five-month-old daughter, Addison. Reporters Jodi Mohrmann and Howard Cohen used the Mortons’ experience to investigate the more and more common practice of detecting—and monitoring–heart problems in …

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An unflinchingly honest look at caring for a chronically ill child

  By Dave Andrusko The two items are related but not the same. The first is a story that ran Wednesday on NPR celebrating the latest ‘advance’ in diagnosing our unborn children. “Blood Test Provides More Accurate Prenatal Testing for Down Syndrome” is the headline. The latter appeared in the New York Times and is …

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Video shows need for peri-natal hospice care

  By Pat Buckley, European Life Network One Day More is a support group for parents who have received a difficult pre-natal diagnosis. This could be news of terminal illness (fatal foetal abnormality) or disability. The parents featured on this video all received a distressing diagnosis about the health of their unborn baby. Cliona and …

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Catholic groups provide support, friendship, and hope to parents after prenatal diagnosis

  By Nancy Flanders Receiving a prenatal diagnosis can be the most heartbreaking time in a person’s life. Being told that your child has a small chance at living or won’t live at all can instill the kind of fear in parents that leads to abortion at the advice of their doctor. Unfortunately, many parents …

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First they came prenatally for Down syndrome…

By Kurt Kondrich I speak frequently to large groups of students, families, and professionals about the silent eugenic movement against children diagnosed prenatally with Down syndrome, and I also write regular articles about this disturbing subject. I warn people that if the culture can identify, target and eliminate unborn children with Down syndrome at a …

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Cognitive dissonance and prenatal testing

  By Dave Andrusko We’ve written about the cognitive dissonance that can (alas, it often doesn’t) accompany a pro-abortion feminist’s failure to condemn sex-selection abortions—babies killed for one reason and one reason only: they are girls. But gendercide is not the only example of where people condone abortions when their own situation ought to scream …

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The Silent Repeat of Eugenic History

By Kurt Kondrich This week I read a very disturbing article titled “New prenatal test is bringing eugenics back to Germany,”  and I could not help but think of the famous quote from American philosopher George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” This month a new prenatal blood test …

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Lessons Learned from Two Stories of Babies Diagnosed in Utero with Serious Genetic Syndromes

By Dave Andrusko Was it serendipity or something else that explains how on the same day a friend alerted me to a story that appeared in the Kansans for Life newsletter  another friend send me to a story that appeared this week on the Huffington Post? Both dealt with the same tragedy: a prenatal diagnosis …

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Wanting a retro-active abortion

By Dave Andrusko First, a tip of the hat to the pro-life blog JivinJehoshaphat for both a link to and a particularly astute insight into an essay that appeared at Salon.com. It would be difficult to come up with a harder hard case than that posed by Emily Rapp. Her nearly two-year-old son, Ronan, has …

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