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 …Continue reading "“Every time we hit a bump in the road, God was there”"
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, …Continue reading "“Simon’s Law” protects parental rights, especially for medically fragile kids"
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 …Continue reading "The Faces & Facts behind Simon’s Law: Megan"
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 …Continue reading "Simon’s Law: “To Be Heard”"
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 …Continue reading "‘It was my job to protect him’: powerful words from mother of baby with Trisomy 18"
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 …Continue reading "I Chose Life for My Baby Born with Half a Heart — Now He Loves Every Day Wholeheartedly"
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 …Continue reading "Simon’s story — the power of love in every life"
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 …Continue reading "Leila’s Story"
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 …Continue reading "Simon’s story — the power of love in every life"
By Dave Andrusko Yesterday we ran a story by Alex Schadenberg which reinforced something we know to be true but is not widely understood: That most parents of children with Trisomy 13 or Trisomy18 conditions (in this case Canadian parents) consider their child to be happy and found that their lives were enriched by the …Continue reading "Parents and Many Pediatricians Disagree over treatment of babies born with Trisomy 13 or Trisomy18"
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 …Continue reading "Lessons Learned from Two Stories of Babies Diagnosed in Utero with Serious Genetic Syndromes"
By Dave Andrusko http://twitter.com/daveha CBS’s Bob Schieffer, host of “Face the Nation,” is never going to be confused with a Republican sympathizer, nor is he likely to make any effort to understand what a pro-life Republican presidential candidate like Rick Santorum would be telling him. If you missed “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Schieffer put …Continue reading "What Rick Santorum Actually Told Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation”"