I read this today.
bless Live Action, and Life Site news, and all of the other groups who
work tirelessly to fight for the rights of the unborn every day.
But- this article?
Not only is it scientifically inaccurate- I'll get to that later- but it doesn't matter if this was divine intervention or a misdiagnosis.
I was pregnant with Beatrix, a number of people came to me with stories
about how they knew someone who had received a poor prenatal diagnosis,
but who went on to have a perfectly healthy baby.
implication here was that I should hold on because my physicians may be
wrong. My daughter may live- in fact, maybe all of those things which
showed up in the countless tests that we had were not really there.
The organs growing outside of her body.
Her mangled spine.
Her too large head.
idea seemed to be that if doctors were wrong she was worth carrying-
except that even if doctors were right, she was still worth carrying-
We aren't promoting that idea when we say, "maybe they are wrong."
are expressing that a baby misdiagnosed is preferable to one who has
been affected. We are separating babies with anomalies from those
It doesn't matter.
Or it shouldn't.
But everyone knows that it's only common sense for a mother to prefer a healthy baby over one who is ill. That's logical.
it's not, if you truly believe that conception is the beginning of
life. That each individual has purpose and fulfills it on a timetable
set for them.
If you believe that we may not understand
everything that will happen in this world, but we know that there is One
who does- and that He understands far more about why my daughter was
malformed then I ever will.
It doesn't matter if this
child was misdiagnosed or not. If this child would have had all of these
issues- she would still have been the child she was meant to be.
doesn't matter, because she was a human being. The decision to continue
a pregnancy should be focused on the fact that a baby in the womb is a
human being. Killing human beings is wrong.
what we should focus on- not the incremental steps. Not trying to
convince people through small tugs in the correct direction.
I read this today, "'We know
through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by
the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet
to engage in a direct-action campaign that was "well timed" in the view
of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation.
For years now I have heard the word "Wait!" It rings in the ear of every
Negro with piercing familiarity. This "Wait" has almost always meant
"Never." We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists,
that "justice too long delayed is justice denied."'
daughter was more than a diagnosis, yet every time that we toss one of
these articles out in the world, we remove the humanity of the small
As for the accuracy of the original article:
Because one of Beatrix's birth defects was an omphalocele, I am intimately acquainted with the workings of the fetal abdomen.
10 weeks- when this woman claims a physician told her that her
daughter's organs were positioned outside of her body, and that this was
a sign of a lethal disorder- it would be completely normal for a baby's
intestines to be on the outside of the abdomen. It's part of fetal
development- the growth of the intestines outpaces the growth of the
abdomen, and for a few weeks early in the baby's life there is a point
when they are outside of the abdomen. This lasts until the baby is about
12 weeks GA. A physician would expect to see what would later be called an abdominal wall defect in a 10 week old fetus.
need to be cautious about sharing emotional stories, without clear
details. They do not work well as a testament to our integrity.
4 weeks ago