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  • just a conservative girl 1:03 PM on 07/10/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Social Media Saves the Life of Down’s Baby From Abortion 

    An unidentified couple was told the news that their unborn baby has Down’s Syndrome.  For whatever reasons the couple decided not to raise the child and was looking into abortion.  A Catholic priest from Virginia heard the story and appealed to the couple to put the child up for adoption.  The couple was willing to do that, but they had only a very short period of time before the window for available abortions would be closed to them.  

    The Church decided to use social media to try and find a couple that would open their hearts and their homes to a special needs child for a lifetime.  

     “There is a couple in another state who have contacted an adoption agency looking for a family to adopt their Down Syndrome unborn baby. If a couple has not been found by today they plan to abort the baby. If you are interested in adopting this baby please contact Fr. VW IMMEDIATELY.  We are asking all to pray for this baby and the wisdom that this couple realize the importance of human life and do not abort this beautiful gift from God.”

    The response they received was overwhelming to the point they had to call in volunteers to help field all the calls and emails that they received; more than 900 emails and a phone that rang off the hook all day.  People did open their hearts to that precious unborn baby who was facing imminent death through a late term abortion.  

    They have narrowed it down to three families and the couple, along with a adoption agency, are screening these couples to make a decision as who would be best able to raise this child with the love and dignity it deserves.  

    One of the many things that is told to people out there is that no one will adopt a special needs child.  That simply isn’t true.  Many families out there have raised children of their own, and for whatever reason feel a calling to raise a special needs child after being so blessed with other children.  Some families have been in a waiting line that can sometimes stretch by years waiting for “healthy” child and realize that they can love a child with Down’s just as easily as they would love a “normal” baby.  In fact, many people realize that adoption is a much easier process if they are willing to take children that may be a little older, bi-racial, or special needs.  They want to love a child and to have a family.  

    Raising a child with special needs is more challenging, but the rewards of it are great.  

    The next time a pro-choice person insists that pro life people aren’t interested in helping children once they are born, this will give them some pause.  If you find yourself in a situation that you are daunted by, just go to your local church and talk to them.  They will help find you a family that will not only raise your child, but love them unconditionally.  

    God Bless this couple for reaching out and looking for another solution before ending the life of their baby and bless the people who stepped up and reached out to give a home to child in need.  

    This is how you change hearts and minds about abortion.  

  • just a conservative girl 9:00 PM on 05/02/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , baby avery, culture of life, , sma   

    Avery Did – Every Life has Value 

    Avery Lynn Canahuati passed away on Monday.  She was a little shy of 6 months old.  She suffered from a rare genetic disorder Spinal Muscular Atrophy, the #1 genetic disorder that causes death in children under 2.  She was diagnosed on 4/6/12.  She lived less than a month after her family received the news.

    Her remarkable parents decided to create a “bucket list” for their precious baby.  Instead of crying and cursing God, they decided to give Avery a life as whole as possible.  They had all these dreams for their baby girl; as every parent does.  But they had little time, but they decided to make the best of what they were given.   The most recent blog post announces the death of their precious baby.

    Avery Lynn Canahuati 11/11/11 – 04/30/12

    Hello everyone this is Avery’s father.  Avery passed away yesterday sometime around 3pm due to pulmonary complications related to SMA.  In short, one of her lungs collapsed and she went into cardiac arrest.  I immediately performed CPR on her and was able to bring her back to life, but only for a brief period of time before she passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital.  Avery’s passing this quickly came as a complete shock to all of us, as she had just been given a thumbs up at her last doctors appointment only three days ago. While we were aware of the severity of her diagnosis, we never lost hope for Avery and even in her passing, we still have hope for our daughter and all of her friends.  I’m going to share a note Avery gave me back when all of this started, but made me promise not to open until I knew the time was right…Dear Mommy & Daddy:

    If you’re reading this it’s because I’ve gone to take care of my Uncle Bryant, Nana Carolyn, Papa George, and all my great Grandparents.  I love you veeeeeeeeeery much.  Also, tell Nana & G-Pa I love them too.  In fact, tell everyone who loved me that I love them and I appreciate them caring about me.

    When I started writing my blog, I thought I’d only be speaking to my closest friends and family members.  Little did I know soooooooo many people would care about me and while I’m flattered to have so many people who love me, I hope they will also take time to love and care about all of my friends out there with SMA.

    You see, I’d never heard of SMA prior to being diagnosed with it, yet there’s thousands of my friends out there living with it today and millions of my future friends parents who are unknowingly carriers of the SMA gene.  Without awareness and without a cure, I’m afraid more of my friends are at risk to have their lives drastically shortened by SMA.

    When people think of me, I hope they’ll also think of all my friends who have been through this and who are going through this now.  But what I really hope for is that when people think about me, they will not waste time sitting there feeling sorry for me, rather I hope they will STAND UP in honor of me and all of my friends (past, present, and future).  And they can do so by spreading awareness and helping to fund a cure for my friends.

    To all my SMAns, you followed me, now please follow all of my friends.  

    Mommy.  Daddy.  I love you every bit as much as you love me.  And while I’m not here physically, I will forever live in your minds, as you will mine.

    Love always,

    Avery, Aviator, Aves, Scuttlebutt

    For those who don’t believe that every life has value, go and look at the pictures that this family took of their sweet girl over the last month of her life.  They went to baseball games, celebrated Easter, got removable tattoos, among many other activities.  Her bucket list.
    Avery’s short life shows how much love is brought into the lives of a family, even when that child isn’t “perfect” by society’s standards.  Her family was given a gift.  One that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.  The world has been given a gift because of this family money is being raised to do more research to help bring a cure.  It is too late for Avery, but there is renewed hope for all the Avery’s that come later.  They may be able to live longer, fuller lives by the generosity of her family.
    To Avery’s family, our hearts are with you during your time of grief.  Rest in Peace, Avery.
    Grab a box of tissues and read her story.
    • pjMom 12:02 AM on 05/03/2012 Permalink | Reply

      We have friends whose daughter with SMA passed away within a few weeks of her birth. I had never heard of it let alone known it’s the number one genetic causemof death for kids under 2.
      Prayers for Avery and her parents.

      • just a conservative girl 7:12 AM on 05/03/2012 Permalink | Reply

        I have never heard of it until I heard about this little girl. Apparently it is 1 in 6400 births if both parents have the gene. But we can pray that the money that they raise will help these babies live a fuller healthier life. Apparently this is not one the tests that is run during your prenatal testing.

    • Don 10:06 AM on 05/03/2012 Permalink | Reply

      What a touching story. These parents have definitely taken a tragedy and turned it around by the way they have chosen to handle this.

      • just a conservative girl 1:21 PM on 05/03/2012 Permalink | Reply

        They are remarkable. Complete grace under pressure. They will help other children and families. This is the window that God always opens for those who choose to see it.

    • sherry 8:57 AM on 05/04/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Sent this to Creative Minority Report, got linked in the reader

      • just a conservative girl 9:00 AM on 05/04/2012 Permalink | Reply

        Wow, thanks.

  • Jill 8:40 AM on 01/25/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Video: A shortened version of Genesis 

    From Msgr. Charles Pope:

    The following video is a shortened version of the masterpiece video called “Genesis” by Ramos David. It magnificently depicts fetal development. I have taken the liberty of adding a different music track since this is a shortened version. The Music is William Byrd: Optimam Partem Elegit (She has Chosen the Best Part), a text most fitting since we pray all mothers will choose life.

    Here’s Msgr. Pope’s version:

    • nicedeb 9:41 AM on 01/25/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful…thanks for sharing that.

    • The Rev 12:14 PM on 01/25/2011 Permalink | Reply

      It always amazes me that this isn’t a fluke, or accidental, but it’s millions of years of trial and error that has lead up to a *realiable* and *repeatable* way of making children. “Making children” almost sounds too simple for this.
      Not only that, but even MORE amazing is that comparing embryos between different species reveals that they are about identical, so only varying ‘circuits’ in the DNA determines if the embryo becomes human, fish, or fowl.

      Extraordinary indeed. Thank you for posting this.

  • Jill 7:36 PM on 05/31/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Defying China’s one-child policy 

    . . . one girl-child at a time. Fighting the power, and pulling a few strings:

    “There were some difficult times,” Mr Fu conceded. “We were chased around and we had to live like beggars. But I never thought about doing otherwise. I’m aware that many people do not want their daughters, but we have a decent respect for life. In China, we think that when you have a child it is like dropping a piece of your own body from you, and we never considered the other options,” he said.

    [. . .]

    “When they eventually found out I had seven daughters, they tried to tear down our house, but fortunately I have good connections: my uncle is the head of the village,” said Mr Fu. “They also wanted to fine me 600,000 yuan (£60,000). But I refused to pay them. Eventually they knocked down just a small part of my old house and I paid them 2,000 yuan,” he added.

    Mr Fu said that he knew several other people in his village who also had more than one child and that he had already encouraged his eldest daughter, who has recently born him a grandson, to continue to procreate. “I told her: no matter what the cost, she should have more kids,” he said.

    Mr. Fu isn’t the only one. If he were, there wouldn’t be an unexplained jump between the 1990 and 2000 census counts:

    Examining China’s census figures, Mr Liang came across discrepancies that proved the subterfuge. “In 1990, the national census recorded 23 million births. But by the 2000 census, there were 26 million ten-year-old children, an increase of three million,” he said. “Normally, you would expect there to be fewer ten-year-olds than newborns, because of infant mortality,” he added.

    His findings suggest that the one-child policy may not have the grim consequences that have been widely predicted.

    Let us pray that’s true. Read the rest.

    h/t: Hot Air headlines

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