Category Archives: Pregnancy
Prenatal (before birth) testing today results in the early diagnosis of more and more abnormalities from the extremely simple to the very complex. Sadly, physicians may suggest terminating a pregnancy with only a possible risk of abnormality, probably due to fear of malpractice law suits.
Half of the children targeted for destruction are not even affected by the feared abnormality. More normal children are killed than handicapped children.
As a society, we must remember that a child’s right to life is given by their Creator, not their parents or even the state. Being handicapped is not a capital crime and should never carry a death sentence. In any or all circumstances, we want to protect and support both mother and child.
Studies show that women who choose abortion for genetic reasons have significant grief reactions, a high rate of depression, and flashbacks. Negative reactions are also seen in the siblings even when they had no direct knowledge of the event.
Approximately 20% of U.S. adults have some sort of disability according to the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC. Many, many of these individuals accomplish amazing things in spite of great challenges. Let’s ‘meet’ just a few of them:
Robert Michael Hensel was born in 1969, with a birth defect known as Spina-bifida. His disability would limit him to a wheelchair, but he continues to find ways to positively impact people. Hensel is an award-winning poet and has recently been recognized by the Museum of Disability History in Buffalo, New York.
Hensel is a Guinness World Records holder for the longest non-stop “wheelie” in a wheelchair. His efforts have raised money for wheelchair ramps throughout his hometown of Oswego, New York. Hensel continues to raise awareness of the many talents and accomplishments made by disabled individuals. Says Hensel:
“Know me for my abilities, not my disability.”
“I don’t have dis-ability, I have a different-ability.”
“When everyone else says you can’t, determination says, YES YOU CAN.”
“No disability or dictionary out there is capable of clearly defining who we are as a person. It’s only when we step out of that labeled box, that our abilities begin to be fully recognized, giving us a better definition of who we truly are as individuals.”
Nick Vujicic is the Founder, President and CEO of Life Without Limbs, a non-profit organization whose mission is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ through his own life. Born without arms and legs, Nick has shared his message with over 5 million people in 44 different countries. “Life without limbs, or life without limits?” Nick is known to say.
Nick’s story, outlined in Biography of a Determined Man of Faith, tells of his childhood in Australia, his turning points and his growing passion to share the love and hope of Jesus Christ. Nick says, “God does not make mistakes, but He does miracles. I am one. You are too.”
Here in Georgia, Phillip Richardson is President of the Cherokee County Chapter of Georgia Right to Life. He is also a faithful member of Christ the Redeemer Charismatic Episcopal Church in Canton, Georgia.
Born with Spina-bifida, Phillip would face the additional challenges of poverty, physical abuse and homelessness. “Life is hard,” Phillip says, “but life is worth it.”
Phillip credits his mother with choosing life even under very difficult circumstances. His hardships, he says, “…… have not swayed my resolve to be a proactive, compassionate man that is so thankful to have the life that God has given me. How can we logically deny someone’s existence before they even have a chance to overcome and be the success story that so many of us are in awe of?”
Indeed. We will all face challenging times in our lives. How can we exclude any one group of people – the disabled pre-born – simply because of any presumed problems? Who knows what wonders they might accomplish when given the chance?
by Suzanne L. Ward
I have been born. My mom and dad are ecstatic.
For those of you who have been following my development, thank you. I hope that you have also used these last nine months to pray for all the pre-born children whose lives are in danger from abortion.
I am so glad that my mommy and daddy chose Life for me. All babies deserve a birthday.
October 2: week 28
Whoa! I’ve had trouble with my balance but it is getting better. I’m going to be in my first Life Chain today. The cars might not notice me but my mom will. Not much room to wave in here, but my eyes are opening, so I guess I’ll just practice blinking at everyone. I weigh about 2 pounds. Mom’s talking about different names for me. Hey, mom, how about Chris?
October 9: week 29
I am about 14 inches tall now and growing really fast. I try to stretch out and mom can feel me move about. You could hear my heartbeat if you put your ear on my mommy’s tummy. If I were born now, I’d have an 85% chance of survival because my lungs have been getting stronger. Sometimes mom has a craving. I really like the ice cream; pickles, not so much.
October 16: week 30
I have doubled in size over the last 4 weeks and it is really getting cramped in here. I don’t have as much room to do my exercises. My muscle tone is better, though, and my body is filling out with baby fat. I have nice fine hair growing on my head. I can recognize my mom’s voice. I know that she is feeling a lot of aches and pains and discomfort, but she knows that she will be seeing me real soon.
October 23: week 31
I must be getting younger. The wrinkles that I had everywhere are slowly disappearing. I used to have a big head, but now that I’m gaining weight, my body is catching up. I can move my eyes, but it is still pretty dark in here. I can hear my mom. I can’t wait to see her.
October 30: week 32
I weigh three pounds now and will gain about a half pound each week until birth. It’s really cramped now, so I have assumed the “fetal” position. I can see, but I don’t have 20/20 vision. In fact, I won’t have 20/20 vision until I’m about 7 years old–hopefully. Mom is pretty uncomfortable right now. When she sleeps on her side, I really like snuggling into the mattress.
Georgia Right to Life’s
2011 REACH Benefit
Thursday, October 27, 2011, 7-9 pm
(Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Cobb Galleria 2 Galleria Pkway SE Atlanta, GA 30339
Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Lahl, President
The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network
Tickets: $50 Table of 10: $500
Tickets/Information: (770) 339-6880
Jennifer Lahl couples her 25 years as a pediatric critical care nurse and hospital administrator with a deep passion to speak for those who are unable to speak for themselves. A courageous voice, Ms. Lahl has also produces a groundbreaking, award winning documentary on the solicitation of eggs from young women across America, Eggsploitation. This is, she says, the fertility industry’s ‘dirty little secret’. Just who is this egg donor? Is she treated justly? What are the short and long-term risks to her health? The answers to these questions will disturb you…
(Need to find a location or a time in Georgia: See http://LifeChain.net)
National Life Chain is a silent witness of the Christian community standing in honor of 54 million babies whose lives have been lost to abortion.” Everyone of all ages can participate in their local Life Chain.
Pro-life advocates will line the streets and sidewalks with signs like, “Abortion Kills Children”,” Pray to End Abortion” and “Abortion Hurts Women.” The National Life chain serves to remind people of all faiths that abortion destroys the lives of the unborn – and forever scars their mother.
More information can be found at http://NationalLifeChain.org.
September 4th: Week 24
I have fine hair all over my body that is there to protect my skin. I will lose this before being born. I’m a little thin at this point but am putting on more baby fat. My eyes are formed, but my iris has no color. I think I want brown eyes. I weigh over a pound and am about a foot long. If I was born today, I’d have a fighting chance to survive. (about 50%)
September 11: Week 25
I’m really beginning to bulk up. I gained 6 ounces this week! I think most of it was muscle but also some bone mass and some organ development. My taste buds allow me to distinguish between bitter, sweet and sour. My lungs have developed so well, I’m now officially considered viable. I could live outside my mom. My parents have each contributed 15,000 genes that determined not only what I look like, but how I taste stuff, how athletic I will be, any allergies I might have and so much more. Ain’t genes great!! Especially if my dad is an athlete. Tee-hee-hee.
September 18: Week 26
Thousands and thousands of brain cells are growing in my head every day. That’s very cool. I’ll soon have billions of them. I can make a fist and grasp things. My spine is beginning to form to protect my spinal cord. I’m covered by a white cheesy substance that protects my skin. But, don’t worry, Mom, it comes off right after birth. Mom can also tell when I have the hiccups.
September 25: Week 27
My taste buds continue to form. I can taste sweet things now. My mom likes chocolate and so do I! A bright light can be seen by me through my mommy’s tummy. I have eyelashes and eyebrows, now. My fingerprints are fully formed and they are growing. I might need them clipped when I’m born. Mom’s womb is about the size of a soccer ball. Can I call her my “Soccer Mom?”
Georgia Right to Life is surprisingly like the farmer in Jesus’ parable. Like him, we sow seeds of truth—God’s truth about His gift of life. In our case, it is His truth about the preciousness of physical life, while the parable is about eternal life.
Like the biblical farmer, we sow broadly, and our planting has similar results: Some seeds land on inhospitable ground and fail to grow to maturity. But other seeds fall on good soil. They grow well. They multiply into an abundant harvest.
We at Georgia Right to Life sow the message of the sanctity of life. We sow it in the fields of public opinion and in the fields of broken lives. We scatter our seed far and wide and then we cultivate it…and we pray.
In the short-term, we enjoy a bountiful harvest. A harvest of changed hearts and minds. A harvest of saved unborn lives, saved one at a time. A harvest of mothers spared damage and regret. It is demanding work that must be done day after day, every day. As we work, we put our trust in the Lord of the harvest.
Imagine holding in your hand, a single stalk of wheat. In your hand is the fruit of the harvest.
“To be honest, when I found out I was pregnant, I Googled ‘abortion’ and your site popped up. When I called the help-line, I was encouraged and realized that I was not alone. This help-line played a big role in me deciding to keep my baby. Thanks so much!”
Georgia Right to Life keeps planting the truth and cultivating it for the coming harvests. The ultimate harvest we all want is justice—justice restored to all persons, born and unborn, in our state and in our country.
And you and I can already see many signs of that future harvest sprouting. You can see more and more states, like Georgia, adopting Personhood as their pro-life message for the 21st Century. You can see more and more young people getting involved as pro-life apologists through our Campus Outreach. We trust you will see more and more abortion clinics closing and Planned Parenthoods going out of business as they lose state and federal tax dollars. We trust you will see more and more politicians closing the loophole of rape and incest in abortion laws.
For the coming harvests, the seeds of God’s truth are available, but the truth is not enough. The seeds of truth must be planted broadly, and the workers are few. We must continue to get the seeds into the needy fields of individual lives and of culture. So this is where you come in.
We need “seed” money to equip young people to winsomely advocate for Personhood on college campuses all over Georgia through our displays and our training.
We need “seed” money to develop and refine our websites so that we are the premier source of 21st Century pro-life educational and reference materials in Georgia.
We need “seed” money so that we can buy more billboard space to connect young women in unplanned pregnancies to the help they need.
We need “seed” money so that we will continue to be leaders in the Personhood movement that is starting to sweep the country.
Clearly, some of us are still going through tough times. But it is precisely at times like these that we need to till and to plant.
I am praying earnestly that this letter will generate much needed seed money. Can I count on your generous gift? Can you send a check for $15? Or, perhaps you could send $25, $50, or even $100. I’m also praying that some of you may consider a tax-deductible gift of $500 or $1,000.
We are preparing the soil, and we are ready to plant. Come, sow seeds with us.
Together for Life,
Daniel C. Becker
|Please mark October 27th, 2011 on your calendar. It is our annual REACH dinner at the Cobb Galleria. Jennifer Lahl will be our speaker. More information will be available soon.|
Visit our Virtual Holocaust Memorial Wall at www.personhood.net. The Personhood website is filled with valuable information on 21st Century life issues.
Also, we have a secure server for your donations at Donations for GRTL.
Remember: If you would like to receive a tax deduction for your donation, please make your check out to GRTL Educational Trust Fund.
What follows is a rather typical experience in the life of a peer counselor, or patient care advocate, at a local pregnancy center. Lovingly penned to share a particular encounter, it reflects the impact that your local center has in your own community…
You never know when someone will touch your heart and how God will guide your hand…
It was a regular Tuesday afternoon. I had just come in for my four hours as a Patient Care Advocate, or PCA, at my local pregnancy center. A young lady was waiting in the reception area. I asked her if she had signed in and then told her someone would be with her in a moment. I privately did not think it would be me since I had just arrived and hadn’t gotten up to speed as of yet. But as God would have it, everyone else was busy so I came out and introduced myself to Ashley (not her real name) and took her back to a counseling room.
During the initial paperwork I found out that Ashley was 19 years old and in a serious tw0-year relationship with the potential father of the baby. He knew that she might be pregnant and was happy about it. Ashley was a full-time college student and stated that she didn’t feel as if she had any major financial or emotional stresses except that her divorced parents might be disappointed and angry with her. However, when asked about her intentions should she be pregnant, she stated that either she would parent or have an abortion and that she was 50/50 about the decision at that time.
Adoption was definitively not an option. Ashley asked me if we performed abortions. I told her that we neither performed or referred for abortion, but that I could give her abortion education. She said no. The pregnancy test was positive and it was estimated that Ashley was seven weeks into her pregnancy. She insisted that this could not be right, that she could not be that far along. The medical staff offered her an ultrasound to help clarify the issue. The medical director could not see her that day so we scheduled her for the next day at 1:30pm. She left with the brochure “Before You Decide” and my assurances that we were there for her, whatever she decided.
I worried through the rest of the afternoon that Ashley would not come back the next day and that she might indeed schedule an abortion. The nagging concern continued into the evening and I went to bed saying a prayer for Ashley and her baby before I fell asleep. That night I had a very real dream of meeting Ashley the next day and of holding her hand and talking with her during the ultrasound. Ashley was smiling in the dream. I felt calm and comforted during the dream and awakened from it that way but with the clear command that I did indeed need to come in that day, even though it was not my regularly scheduled time.
I often have vivid dreams that are very real but never have I had such a clear feeling that I must do something specific upon awakening. I admit that my own selfishness, and perhaps the Devil, kept me thinking throughout the morning that maybe I didn’t really need to go. After all, I had lots to do and all of the counselors were wonderful and dedicated and maybe even Ashley would be better off talking with one of them. As the time neared for Ashley’s appointment, I even called the receptionist to see if she had shown up.
Finally, I got in the car and drove to the center. Everyone was happy but surprised to see me. I told them why I was there. They, too, were amazed at the dream. I was thrilled when Ashley showed up. I told her how happy I was that she was there and asked if I might accompany her during the ultrasound and she said yes. She seemed much happier that day. Our wonderful medical director worked her magic and there was Ashley’s baby on the screen – so very tiny and yet so very alive with a strong beating heart. The medical director explained that Ashley was more like 6 weeks into her pregnancy and pointed out the yolk sac and the tiny baby and how the image on the ultrasound at this point in the pregnancy resembled a diamond ring with the sac being the band and the baby the diamond on the band – what a beautiful analogy!
Ashley smiled and asked good questions throughout the procedure and looked happily at the photos that the medical director so wisely placed in a card with the caption “An Image of Life’ on it. It was then that I noticed and commented on the beautiful engagement ring Ashley wore on her left ring finger. Ashley and I went back to the counseling room and I asked her how she felt. She said she was still undecided but that she was looking forward to showing baby’s father the photos. I commented that she now had a beautiful diamond ring on her finger and a beautiful living ring inside her. She smiled at the analogy and laughed and looked at the photos again. I asked her how she felt about the baby and she said she still was undecided as to what she was going to do.
Then, I told her that I had dreamed about her the night before. She laughed a little and said, “Now, you’re scaring me!” I told her how it was a happy and comforting dream and that she had truly touched my heart. I was so very happy to be there with her, grateful that she had talked with me and allowed me to be with her during the ultrasound. Beyond that I didn’t know what to say – my intellect said “use your training and say more” but my heart said “just leave it at that, your being here is what was asked.” When I hugged Ashley goodbye, I told her I loved her and that I hoped to hear from her. And then I cried a little as I am now telling this story. As of this writing I do not know what Ashley’s decision is but I thank the Lord who gave me the dream I had and the opportunity to fulfill it. I pray that my dream for Ashley and her baby come true.
Let Georgia Right to Life help YOU get plugged in to local prolife activities through your local Georgia Right to Life Chapter. YOU can make a difference! Contact Suzanne Ward, Public Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.