“Every time we hit a bump in the road, God was there”

By Dave Andrusko We do our fair share of work to figure out who our readership consists of. There are many, many young people (more females than males, BTW) but also a lot of readers of an age to have children and even grandchildren. So when Walt Manis who is part of a filmmaking ministry …

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“Simon’s Law” protects parental rights, especially for medically fragile kids

By Kathy Ostrowski, legislative director Kansans for Life “Simon’s Law” is named for a medically fragile baby born with Trisomy 18 and apnea (breathing difficulty), who died when resuscitation was denied. His devastated parents, Sheryl and Scott Crosier, only learned later that Simon’s hospital chart contained a DNR [Do Not Resuscitate] that was never discussed, …

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The Faces & Facts behind Simon’s Law: Megan

By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life Simon’s Law, Kansas Senate Bill 437, would require parent permission before a minor is coded as a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) and would also require hospitals and other medical facilities, upon request, to disclose any existent “futility” policies. (See more here.) This is the latest in a series from …

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Simon’s Law: “To Be Heard”

By Sheryl Crosier Editor’s note. Missouri State Rep Bill Kidd has filed HB 1915, Simon’s Law. It has two basic components. First, a health care facility must let a patient, resident or a prospective patient or resident know if they have a futility policy that will limit care in any way. Second, a do-not-resuscitate order …

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‘It was my job to protect him’: powerful words from mother of baby with Trisomy 18

Editor’s note. The following first appeared in the Irish pro-life publication “Life Zone.”  This past week on the Pat Kenny radio show, a mother whose little boy lived for 2 days after birth with Trisomy 18 spoke powerfully and inspiringly about her son Seán. Sarah Hynes, of the group Every Life Counts, which represents families …

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I Chose Life for My Baby Born with Half a Heart — Now He Loves Every Day Wholeheartedly

By Lisa Smiley We who speak up for pre-born lives are often accused of being uncaring, of “not understanding” special situations that might compel a mother to choose to have an abortion—such as cases where a mother receives an in-utero diagnosis of a major abnormality like Down Syndrome or Trisomy 18. I understand. Raising a child …

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Simon’s story — the power of love in every life

By Sheryl Crosier Editor’s note. This first appeared in the newsletter of Missouri Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate. Before Simon’s arrival my husband, Scott, and I lost six children through miscarriage. With each loss the sting of pain was greater. After we lost our daughter Faith in September 2008, we rid our home of …

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Leila’s Story

By Chelsea Shields Editor’s note. The following appeared on the blog of Wisconsin Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate, at wrtl.org. Below is the third 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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Simon’s story — the power of love in every life

  By Sheryl Crosier Editor’s note. This first appeared in the newsletter of Missouri Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate. Before Simon’s arrival my husband, Scott, and I lost six children through miscarriage. With each loss the sting of pain was greater. After we lost our daughter Faith in September 2008, we rid our home …

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A Movement of Hope and Miracles

By Micaiah Bilger, Education Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Every baby is a miracle. I’ve heard that saying many, many times, but I understand it a lot better now that I’m working in the pro-life movement. Especially when I read stories about babies like Hannah. While Hannah was still in the womb, doctors diagnosed her with …

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Life of the Week: Defying the doctors and the odds with Trisomy 18

By Nancy Flanders Bernadette and Philip Smith were the proud parents of seven children – Philip Jr., Delores, Soma, Titus, Isaac, Israel, and Eden – when they were blessed to learn they would soon welcome an eighth child. But by the fourth month of the pregnancy, during a routine ultrasound, doctors learned there was a …

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The appearance of medical care is not enough

Editor’s note. This is part of Right to Life of Michigan’s “Real Pro-Life Stories” series. May 14, 2013 – “Slow code” for many is a term in abstract debates on medical ethics, but for Brad and Jesi Smith, it became a well-defined fixture in their lives and the life of their daughter Faith, who has …

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