To Err on the Side of Life- By Elizabeth Kunz

To Err on the Side of Life

“You need to go downstairs and get a priest if you want her baptized before she dies.” As a 3 week old infant with bacterial meningitis, my chances for survival were not good. In fact, the pediatrician told my parents I would surely die, which was a good thing because if I lived I would be in a vegetative state.

In over 35 plus years as a Pediatric/Neonatal Intensive Care nurse, I have seen this mindset among healthcare providers countless times. The value of a child’s life is measured by the functional status it is believed they will have and the burden a family will bear in caring for them. When a patient’s condition threatens to inconvenience our lives and call for self-sacrifice, the medical advice can be to withdraw care from the patient so they will perish. 

While working as a home health nurse, I once took care of a baby named Kyle. Kyle had been born premature and lived with deafness, blindness, developmental delay and chronic lung disease. He required round the clock care. Eventually the strain of his condition wore on the mother. After she consulted with her healthcare provider, she was swayed to believe that the stress on the family’s resources was too great a sacrifice to bear. Kyle was placed in a nursing home. Without the more intensive care, he shortly succumbed to pneumonia.

This world view is a dangerous one for us all. Any one of us could find ourselves or a loved one vulnerable and in the hands of a healthcare provider who does not recognize the value of human life. Man has value because we are created in His image. All mankind is called to be sacrificial for others and to value another’s life as we value our own.

I saw the best example of a healthcare provider recognizing human value while working in a large city hospital. A new MD took charge of our NICU. His philosophy was built on a belief that we cannot know what will become of each life who crosses our path. He told us “to err on the side of life”. To do everything we could for each child in order to give it every chance at life. 

In Luke 10:20, the Parable of the Good Samaritan shows the heart healthcare providers should display. When another is in need, show mercy. Life was not given to man to pursue wealth, or fame or ease, but to love God with all our hearts, soul, mind and strength. And to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Babies must be Saved

THE PHOTOS BELOW do not show as in the blogs: The baby with the hat on is Emery and his brother is not pictured. The other photos are of baby Autumn and mom Sophie.

Babies must be saved:
The US is doing a study that wcould save lives to see babies put eventually in amniotic sacs that will be like a womb so that if a baby is born early they can grow and live longer. Although this may seem incredible, I want to share some ethical concerns I have.
This study shares about a way to save babies born too early that may be more effective than the NICU, “It provides everything the foetus needs to continue growing and maturing, including a nutrient-rich blood supply and a protective sac of amniotic fluid. The approach might one day help premature human babies have a better chance of survival, experts hope. Human trials may be possible in a few years, according to researchers. First, more tests in animals are needed to check if it is safe enough to progress, the researchers say in the journal Nature Communications…The plastic “biobag” womb contains a mixture of warm water and added salts, similar to amniotic fluid, to support and protect the foetus. This fluid is inhaled and swallowed by the growing foetus, as would normally happen in the womb. Gallons of the mixture are steadily flushed through the bag each day to ensure a continuous fresh supply. The bagged lamb cannot get a supply of oxygen and nutrients from its mum via the placenta. Instead, it is connected to a special machine by its umbilical cord, which does the job. The baby lamb’s heart does all the pumping work, sending “old, used” blood out to the machine to be replenished before it returns back to the body again. The whole system is designed to closely mimic nature and buy the tiniest newborns a few weeks to develop their lungs and other organs. Researcher Dr. Emily Partridge explained: ‘The challenging age that we are trying to offset is that 23- to 24-week baby who is faced with such a challenge of adapting to life outside of the uterus on dry land, breathing air when they are not supposed to be there yet.’”(https://www.bbc.com/news/health-39693851)
The preborn children are persons. It is incredible to see this development, but I do think we must be aware of some areas before we are fully on board.
My concern is that OBGYNS won’t fight for babies as I have heard stories about babies who are born early who were not fought for so even with the developments I have realistic concerns that the children will not be fought for as patients. Consistently some OBGYNs are against fighting for little ones refusing to give basic care to children born at viability or before. The stories we have seen which reflect this tragic truth are seen through stories like that of Elliot and Emery’s and Autumn’s story in the UK and countless other lives whose doctors didn’t fight for all because they were born naturally and too early or righat viability and those who should have been scooped up the babies in their arms and taken them to the NICU. The children were denied being saved. The children’s stories by Live Action shares, “In a heartbreaking video released by Created Equal, Amanda, the mother of premature twin boys Emery and Elliot, can be heard pleading for her sons’ lives. In June of 2017, Amanda was experiencing bleeding when she went to Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, at 22 weeks and two days gestation. She said medical staff informed her that if her babies were born before 22 weeks and five days gestation, they would not resuscitate them. Three days later, at exactly 22 weeks and five days gestation as is confirmed by the attending physician’s notes, Amanda gave birth to Emery and Elliot, and though the boys moved, breathed, and even cried, she said the doctors still refused to help them.
READ: Miracle: Born at 21 weeks, ‘most premature’ baby is thriving
“I pleaded with nurses and other hospital staff to help try to save my babies,” Amanda said in a statement. “I was told they would not survive. I asked if they would at minimum assess the babies after they were born to determine possibility of survival. I was informed NICU would not assess the twins and that the babies would probably be stillborn or at best breathe for a moment.”

The attending doctor’s notes regarding the births of Emery and Elliot.
Emery was born first. No doctors were present for his birth and although a neonatal doctor did arrive shortly after, he only wrapped Emery in a blanket and placed him under the heating lamp.
“You guys are gonna save him, right?” says Amanda in the heartbreaking video. “Promise me they’re gonna save him.”

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For 45 minutes Emery moved, breathed and lived outside the womb before he died.
A couple of hours later, Elliot was born. He was larger than Emery and lived for over two hours outside the womb – breathing, moving, and crying. Yet medical staff still did nothing to help him.
Amanda can be heard in the video crying as she held him, “Mommy tried. Mommy tried.”
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine states that premature babies born at 22 weeks are much more likely to survive with medical intervention than previously believed. In fact, babies like Emery and Elliot are continually surviving and thriving outside the womb. Babies born even earlier than the twins have survived when doctors cared enough to step in and help them. Baby Benson was born at 22 weeks and five days. Amillia Taylor was born and survived at just 21 weeks, six days gestation. Frieda Mangold survived after being born at 21 weeks, five days – a full week earlier than Emery and Elliot.  And Courtney Stensrud’s baby girl survived after being born at 21 weeks and four days gestation. She is now a healthy three-year-old who is alive because Stensrud’s doctor heard her pleas and decided to try and help the little girl.

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After her boys had died, Amanda was discharged from the hospital and given stillbirth discharge papers. Even though her boys had both been born alive and breathing, the hospital was not acknowledging it.
Amanda filed an internal complaint with the Riverside Methodist. However, the hospital responded that they “consider the matter closed.” Now, she has filed a complaint with the Ohio Department of Health and hopes that others will support her efforts by contacting Riverside’s CEO David Blom (Editor’s note 5/16/19: corrected number should be 614-566-5000).

Baby Elliot was born premature and doctors refused to help him.
Emery and Elliot aren’t the only babies who have died because doctors refused to help them. Last year in the UK, baby Autumn died after being born prematurely at 22 weeks and six days. She lived for nearly two hours outside the womb, and despite the fact that she was “gasping for air” and “moving her arms and legs” doctors did nothing to help her.
There is no justifiable reason as to why the doctors at Riverside Methodist Hospital refused to help Emery and Elliot. They had previously stated that they would only help the boys if they were born at 22 weeks and five days, but when it came down to it, they still refused to assist in saving the boys’ lives. Amanda had to watch her babies die and now must live with the question of “what if” for the rest of her life.”(https://www.liveaction.org/news/hospital-staff-premature-twin-fight/ )

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Unexpectedly pregnant with their sixth child, Sophie Dennis and her husband were initially shocked, but by the time they traveled from the United Kingdom to Spain for their family vacation at 13 weeks gestation, they loved their new preborn child as much as any of their others. However, that vacation would be the beginning of a heartbreaking struggle to save their preborn baby girl only to tragically lose her, they say, due to medical negligence. Baby Autumn would be born extremely premature at 22 weeks and six days gestation – a gray area in which some doctors would offer her medical intervention, but others would not. Autumn’s doctors would choose the latter, despite her mother Sophie’s repeated requests for help for her premature baby. Some children born as early as 21 weeks have survived, thanks to medical assistance.
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While on vacation, Sophie began to experience bleeding so heavy that she had to wrap a towel around herself. She went to the local hospital, but a language barrier kept her from fully understanding what was happening. Thankfully, the woman they were renting their vacation apartment from accompanied her and was able to explain some of what the doctors were saying.
“I just remember them saying the word hematoma and the measurements of it,” Sophie told Live Action News. “So the two weeks spent there I did a lot of googling. Subchronic hematoma 3.2 cm. I phoned home a few times to speak to someone at the hospital. I’m sensitive. I’m obviously worried. The bleeding started again and I bleed for the rest of the holiday. But it wasn’t fresh blood so that was good.”

Premature baby girl Autumn and her parents (Facebook)
As soon as they arrived back in the United Kingdom, Sophie went to the hospital where an ultrasound revealed baby Autumn was perfectly content – a huge relief. Sophie’s cervix was closed as well, which was another good sign. However, doctors did not check the size of the hematoma and instead scheduled a scan for two weeks later to measure it. Sophie expressed her dissatisfaction, but there was nothing she could do. She went home, happy that her daughter was safe, and researched outcomes of pregnancies with hematoma.
When she returned for the scan to measure the hematoma, doctors told her that most of the time the body simply reabsorbs it or it continues to grow. They assured her that women go on to have healthy pregnancies and that while she could go into preterm labor, in her case, she was most likely to have miscarried the baby while she was on vacation. The hematoma had grown from 3.2 to 7.2 cm.
“The told me, ‘The baby looks good, and there was no fresh bleeding’,” said Sophie. “But blood is an irritant to the uterus so that can cause contractions. It should have been a warning sign to keep an eye on this lady and this baby.”

Premature baby girl Autumn (Facebook)
Sophie was told they would continue to monitor her by performing a scan every couple of weeks; however, those frequent scans never happened and doctors told her there was nothing that could be done to prevent preterm labor and that there would be no benefit to the scans. But Sophie had researched steps to take, such as not walking far distances, no heavy lifting, and no sex. The doctors advised her that these things wouldn’t make much difference and that she needed to make it to 24 weeks gestation, otherwise they wouldn’t take any steps to save her daughter.
“They told me to come back at 20 weeks. I was shocked,” said Sophie. “I’ve got a blood clot in my uterus. It’s moved. It’s grown in size. I was getting headaches and feeling unwell. And he thought ‘Just a normal pregnancy’. I have one kidney and I’m prone to water [UTI] infections. We came back at 20 weeks and the blood clot was from the cervix to the uterine wall. I had stopped bleeding for a few days and the baby looked good, all looked good. We saw the same guy again and we were literally in and out in five minutes and he said the same as he said before: ‘If you had any pain and fresh bleeding come straight in.’ Me being unwell, which was on and off for a few weeks, I put it off to catching what the kids had. Pain I had I put all that down to round ligament pain and general pregnancy. I didn’t really know what I was looking for besides blood clot and bleeding. They never told me whether or not I had a water infection. He told me to come back in six weeks. I said that’s ridiculous, I thought you were going to scan me regular.”
The doctor said it was out of his hands and told Sophie, “You do what you feel like you need to do.” Sophie felt no one was as concerned as she thought they should be and though the bleeding had at least momentarily stopped, she left the hospital feeling even more worried about her baby and completely unsupported.
Then, at 22 weeks and five days gestation, Sophie went into preterm labor. As she sat in the waiting room at the hospital, watching as another mother was wheeled in before her, she broke down in tears. After the midwives and doctors finally came to help her, they said the baby was doing fine, but that labor couldn’t be stopped and the baby girl would be born that night.

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“The midwife said, ‘I’m sorry, there’s nothing we can do. Your membranes are in the birth canal; she’s coming tonight’. I remember letting out this cry. I’m pretty sure the whole hospital heard me,” said Sophie.
READ: Miracle: Born at 21 weeks, ‘most premature’ baby is thriving
Sophie asked if they could help her daughter, but the doctors said at this age there was nothing to be done. They said that if she did survive because of medical intervention she ran the risk of being disabled. And though Sophie argued that other babies born at 22 weeks had survived and thrived, the doctor told her not to believe what she read on the internet.
Feeling patronized and knowing that other hospitals in the country had helped children born at 23 weeks, Sophie was in shock that the doctors were refusing to help her daughter at 22 weeks and six days. As she was wheeled into a labor room, she again asked them to help her baby. Again doctors told her she would be “poorly and disabled” if she lived. Sophie hoped that if her daughter were breathing at birth that the doctors would step in.

Premature baby girl Autumn. Facebook.
In the early morning hours, at 22 weeks and six days gestation, Autumn Orion was born breathing. However, that help Sophie so desperately wanted never came.
“I remember I didn’t want to push and I’m crying and screaming and praying to God to help my child,” recalled Sophie. “They placed her on me. She’s there and I remember very clearly her moving her arms and legs. […] She was gasping for air. She did at least six big gasps. She needed help. She needed them to help her and they did nothing.”
Autumn lived for nearly two hours outside the womb. Her parents continued to question the medical team about helping her.
After Autumn’s funeral, Sophie and her husband met with a neonatologist whom they questioned further about why their daughter wasn’t helped. According to Sophie, all of the information the doctor used to justify not helping Autumn was misinformation. He argued that she didn’t weigh enough, but Sophie said they didn’t weigh her immediately after birth. He argued that her heart rate was only 60 beats per minute, but Sophie said they didn’t check her heartbeat until well after her birth.

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“I remember shouting at this doctor. He said her heart was 60 beats per minute, but they never took her heart rate. They were going on about her weight but they didn’t weigh her at birth. You can’t tell me she didn’t weigh enough. You can’t be certain that she wouldn’t have lived if you helped her. They’re moving the goalpost,” said Sophie. “You didn’t give her the option and it was taken away from her. You tell me now, look at me in the eyes and tell me now if I had asked you to do everything that you would have helped my baby.”
The doctor admitted that if he were the doctor delivering Autumn and Sophie had pushed him enough, he would have tried to save her.
“I told him, ‘You massively, massively let me and my child down. You should be telling the parents this information and you do save babies in the gray area. If you had helped her you don’t know how that baby would have responded. You’re not God and you’re not a crystal ball. The fact that you didn’t try that makes it different. If she did pass I could look you in the eye and say thank you for trying. You decided her fate, not God, and now I’ve got to live with that forever. It can’t happen again. It just can’t,” said Sophie.

Premature baby girl Autumn and her mother. Facebook.
Sophie and her husband have been following the story of baby Benson, a premature baby born at 22 weeks five days gestation. Doctors stepped in to help Benson, and today, he is doing well. She wishes she could say the same for Autumn, and cries because she feels if doctors had stepped in, Benson’s story could have also been Autumn’s.
“I’ve got to live for the rest of my life knowing that there was more I could have done and that was taken away from me because of people not doing their job properly,” she said. “I’ve got to live the rest of my life knowing that my baby girl died on me, fighting to breathe. She suffocated to death.”
Sophie is working with a lawyer and has started a petition so that no other mother has to suffer this way again. She wants any child born at 22 weeks to be helped and she wants the parents to be able to make that call, not the doctors.
“It should be normal [to help babies]. It should be fluent between hospitals,” said Sophie. “This is the NHS. The guidelines are supposed to be… the same. If we had been somewhere else they could have done something. They let me down in my pregnancy and they let me down when I had her and I don’t want that happen to another mom. I promised Autumn I would try to do everything I could to change things.” (https://www.liveaction.org/news/premature-baby-girl-dies-doctors-refuse-help-her/)

We see ACOG’s fallacy of not loving life lived out in their false “standard of care” as they do not provide care for the babies. PPROM is explained by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia shares, “Premature rupture of membranes (PROM) is a rupture (breaking open) of the membranes (amniotic sac) before labor begins. If PROM occurs before 37 weeks of pregnancy, it is called preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM).”(https://www.chop.edu/conditions-diseases/premature-rupture-membranes-prompreterm-premature-rupture-membranes-pprom) ACOG’s article on PPROM-Preterm premature rupture of the membrane is heartbreaking and cuts to the very core of what medicine is not allowed to become yet ACOG stands for the murder of preborn babies and so they can justify the leaving of a baby with PPROM dying without care because “they just do not want to deal with” children. https://www.bbc.com/news/health-39693851 To be frank as I’ve been reading the ACOG article about Preterm premature rupture of the membranes-PPROM, the consistent theme is they will choose who they fight for and also won’t fight for simply based upon if the child has a health condition or when they are born or the way they are born. The foundation is that the medical field as a foundation feels no obligation to care for every life, just the ones they consider worth fighting for. The joy of medicine is not to choose but to fight for all in the way that works toward the best outcome of continual life for children inside and outside the womb. ACOG says, “Because of the wide range of outcomes associated with periviable birth, counseling should attempt to include accurate information that is as individualized as possible regarding anticipated short-term and long-term outcomes. Nevertheless, it is important to realize that outcomes that have been reported in the medical literature may have some biases because of a variety of factors, including study inclusion criteria (eg, whether studies include all births or are limited to liveborn infants, non- anomalous newborns, liveborn resuscitated newborns, or neonatal intensive care unit [NICU] admissions only), variation in management between centers, and changes in NICU practices over time (eg, administration of ante- partum steroids, resuscitative efforts, NICU admission criteria; see Table 1) (5, 9–11, 15–20). In addition, a precise understanding of outcomes in survivors is further confounded by differing definitions of “major” and “minor” disabilities used in studies.“(ACOG) We should not not fight for a child because we think they won’t live long or because if we do they will have a health condition. ACOG expects the child to die and so if the child lives they don’t want to show the humanity of the child so some OBGYNs sadly claim the child dies as in seeing Elliott and Emery. They on the medical papers were said to be STILLBORN…. they lived after birth. The article shares, “After her boys had died, Amanda was discharged from the hospital and given stillbirth discharge papers. Even though her boys had both been born alive and breathing, the hospital was not acknowledging it.”(Live Action) This is not stillbirth. I believe it is because of Hillary Clinton considering a person not one until they left the hospital which is probably the reason why the evil occurred as ACOG’s viewpoint stays the same as hers, and I think this destruction mindset is why they justify not fighting for life and consider the children not alive in the paperwork. ( file:///C:/Users/Peter/Documents/ACOG%20PPROM.pdf) 
I feel that ACOG’s “counseling” to parents is biased as they don’t want the parents to fight. We see the following quotes speaking about if a child should be resuscitated based on their weight and health conditions after birth and these children need to be fought for and doctors should not be telling parents they shouldn’t be resuscitating their child because of health, weight or other factors that should be a factor and the reason to fight not dismiss the responsibility of the role of a doctor which is to fight not dismiss fighting because “they feel it is not worth fighting”. It is absolutely sickening. These children no matter their conditions should be fought for by doctors not devalued and left to die because of being born early.

This viewpoint occurs when a baby is born naturally and sometimes some doctors won’t fight. We have seen this in America. What could cause this? If medicine makes a stance of when viability is but as a foundation does not have God to see the value is intrinsic and not based on viability or location medicine as a foundation will justify not caring for babies born early as a mom’s water broke and then the babies die. This interesting development done I believe by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) does not desire to change viability which is foolish to me but I think despite them not having that desire this will be used to change viability to see even more lives actually saved. This new development I actually found THREE YEARS AGO just as I bet I was doing medical pro -life research. This is a bag that is the emplacement of the womb when a baby is born early and needs care.
There are great blessings to this potential development as children who are born early no matter their age could be put in it. We could see viability drop as those doing the article do not say they cannot drop viability but they clearly could! BOOM! YES! Children as young as maybe 10 weeks could be saved! What if that was to happen. The study has no desire to save them that early, but I believe this could cause lives to be saved.
Issue: The study doesn’t care to change viability status. Why! If the point is to save babies then see about saving them ALL who are born early. Make sure the doctors and nurses who are caring for the children do not take away their blood supply due to their unethical stances on personhood which is a fact that should not be in question as life begins at fertilization people are people from fertilization.
The foundation of the medical community does not desire to care for little babies born early because they think their value is not based on intrinsic worth but by how long they live. If a child is born naturally and born too early and sometimes even via c section some OBGYNS do not think they are people and LET them not live and die. What barbaric act is this. Is it true? Yes, it is true. The study shares, “The plastic “biobag” womb contains a mixture of warm water and added salts, similar to amniotic fluid, to support and protect the foetus.”
This fluid is inhaled and swallowed by the growing foetus, as would normally happen in the womb. Gallons of the mixture are steadily flushed through the bag each day to ensure a continuous fresh supply.
The bagged lamb cannot get a supply of oxygen and nutrients from its mum via the placenta. Instead, it is connected to a special machine by its umbilical cord, which does the job.
The baby lamb’s heart does all the pumping work, sending “old, used” blood out to the machine to be replenished before it returns back to the body again.
The whole system is designed to closely mimic nature and buy the tiniest newborns a few weeks to develop their lungs and other organs.
Researcher Dr Emily Partridge explained: “The challenging age that we are trying to offset is that 23- to 24-week baby who is faced with such a challenge of adapting to life outside of the uterus on dry land, breathing air when they are not supposed to be there yet.”
What is the typical protocol?
It seems to me to be different each time. The protocol for before 37 weeks is, “If you leak amniotic fluid and your membranes rupture earlier than 37 weeks, and your practitioner determines it’s too soon for your baby to be safely delivered, you’ll most likely receive antibiotics to ward off infection. You’ll also likely get a dose of steroids to help your baby’s lungs quickly mature for an early delivery.”(Whattoexpect) It seems to me that it is less about protocol being an issue with this site although I did read more information from another site that was so sad. I think it is about how the individual doctor who cares for the children cares although I will say I have deep concerns with how babies are not cared for before 22 and even 24 week through PPROM. I think that the medical field must allow pediatricians to take care of the child and give the child oxygen. The pediatricians must fight if the baby is born early such as in every situation. https://www.liveaction.org/news/hospital-staff-premature-twin-fight/
I think we must be aware that no child is safe unless they are with a 100% pro life obgyn who does also want to fight. There are great doctors who are well intentioned, and just think that resuscitation for a baby is a MUST that is required for all people in the womb who are born early always and especially with babies who are born to PPROM before 22 weeks, but I think doctors do not to do it because they are not taught. We don’t know what we don’t know. Thoughts?
This quote explains the reality of what OBGYNS are taught to do. Some obs are not taught to know how to save lives once babies are born early before viability if mom’s water breaks but yet I think some are just refusing. If a pediatrician

isn’t allowed to be in the room or to provide care for the babies then once born before or at viability it says to me that the OBGYN foundation does not want these babies fought for so some let the babies die purposely as seeing stories of Elliot and Emery who were born at 22 weeks from the mom going into PPROM and the children denied care even from a pediatrician! It is not that ACOG doesn’t know how to fight it is that they make OBGYNs believe they cannot or that for some OBGYNs they aren’t willing to fight. I have seen this almost happen in a personal story regarding a child named Thea and thank God she made it because she was born by C-section at 34 weeks and I have heard horrible stories of PPROM of children who are not fought for. With this we see that sadly some OBGYNS are not fighting. It is sad. ACOG shares, “Prematurity occurs in approximately 12% of all live births in the US, and preterm labor preceded approximately 50% of these preterm births. Preterm births account for approximately 70% of newborn deaths and 36% of infant deaths. Ob-gyns, physicians whose primary responsibility is women’s health, play a leading role in diagnosing and treating premature labor and birth.” It interests me that sadly ACOG says the moms’ life is their priority not both child and the mom. When a life is conceived the medical field must fight for both. I am not saying every situation means a life won’t die but why is the foundation of ACOG only about the women and not about all the children? Can a C-section be done instead of inducing labor for the moms’ to see their babies’ lives saved? Is it because the medical field doesn’t know how to fight if a life is born too early or because it is “easier” to induce labor verses c section? It is perplexing. The induction of labor would take longer sometimes and even if not than a c section but they should be fought for.

We see viability “standards” are different in hospitals. Who are they to say who they should fight for. Parents need to fight and doctors must too and these babies must not be “held” until they naturally pass because the hospital refused to bring them to the NICU because they were at 21 weeks or EVEN 22 week babies and the “standard” says they cannot fight as some say they can at 22 and others not but most say NO to 21 week or even when the hospital is mandated to fight some OBGYNS will choose to not. I am not saying they are sitting in their office plotting how to not fight for life. My point: “Medicine’s job was never meant to redefine personhood. Their job was simply meant to fight.” This applies to all life. It does not matter the situation you fight. Often times some doctors try to take the easy way out. They tell parents to hold their child until they die if born “too” early to save. Who says they are “too early”. One hospital let two little boys die when they were born due to PPROM at 22 weeks and the hospital refused to let anyone fight. This is maddening and despicable. Medicine must desire to see the patient fought for. Look at the following stories of children born at 21 weeks. They are alive because they were fought for and our value shouldn’t be based or the means of fighting because for the OBGYN and pediatrician fields they should not be fighting based on how long the patient lives but on their intrinsic value from fertilization because we each have from a basic foundation. Live Action shares the awesome stories of Ellie and Lyla who thank God were fought for at 21 weeks! I wish every child was fought for when born very early. Live Action shares, “Eliora “Ellie” Schneider, born at 21 weeks and six days, is one of the youngest preemies to survive in the United States. Live Action News reported on little Eliora in 2018 when she turned one. Her life is an example of how giving every child a chance at life — regardless of gestational age or currently accepted age of “viability” (the ability to survive outside the womb) — is so very important… The road to where Ellie is today wasn’t always an easy one, but her parents believe it was worth it. “21 weeks and 6 days. We thought this was it, you know, we were going to lose our sweetie,” Schneider told KHSB in 2017. “She was 14 ounces, which is just a little bigger than a can of Coke.” It was just days older than the most premature baby born on record. It was months before they were even able to hear her cry.”( https://www.liveaction.org/news/ellie-21-weeks-guests-state-of-union/)
Roe v Wade causes a nation to fall.
We are not only speaking of the horror of killing babies in abortion in the womb. When law dismisses the foundational scientific fact that life begins at fertilization and the foundational principle they will justify the 47 years of killing people. It is barbaric… Medicine as a foundation is to value persons not who ACOG is which is pro abortion. We live in a society that should see the intrinsic worth of every person, not justify their murder. We see that the whole society and foundation changes as we believe someone can be murdered based on their location and “inconvenience” or other meaningless excuses. Saddening is the word to describe the situation of countless children that I have heard sad stories of parents who want to fight but the medical field would not fight for and love the children and the doctors would just lay the babies on the mothers and let them die and we should fight even though just simply born too early and the stories I read were heartbreaking as the children were by nurses or whoever were left to be held in their mother’s arms and not given medical care and died. To not immediately resuscitate and fight for children is awful. I am not saying every situation the baby could be living long enough to be saved but my point is I have read too many stories to see basic care denied. We must give babies oxygen to children who are born too early. Why on earth are we letting babies just not be taken to pediatric physicians and let pediatric doctors in the room and also pray they all will resuscitate babies when born early and give them oxygen. The reason way they do not live is because medicine is taught not to want them to live or try to save them and even if they do want them to live they often do not try and we must fight. We do NOT fight because they WILL live, we fight because THEY ARE AS ALIVE AS YOU AND I WAS IN THE WOMB AS Outside of it. I think the medical field is taught that if someone won’t live long there is no point in fighting or if they have some health conditions. We ask how such an evil act can happen.. When our world legalized the murder of people than anyone else’s lives mattered as nothing to the foundation of the medical field. Fact: The murder of people makes society desensitized to the reality and magnitude of the value of all life. Medicine’s job, I will say til I am dead, was not meant to redefine personhood, ACOG, their job was meant to fight for preborn and born babies and IVF babies. https://www.liveaction.org/news/hospital-staff-premature-twin-fight/
Resources
https://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/pregnancy-health/complications/preterm-rupture-of-membranes.aspx

Twin infants die after hospital refuses to save them despite mother’s pleas


https://www.bbc.com/news/health-39693851
file:///C:/Users/Peter/Documents/ACOG%20PPROM.pdf

What is IVF’s PGD testing?

If you are considering or have been through the IVF process then you may know about PGD(preimplantation genetic diagnosis) testing. 

The question: When Does Life Begin?

It is a consistent scientific fact that we all know life begins at fertilization as seen through the following of many quotes coming from varying medical textbooks, “1. Keith L. Moore, The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 10th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2016. p. 11

“Human development begins at fertilization, when a sperm fuses with an oocyte to form a single cell, the zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell (capable of giving rise to any cell type) marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.” This could truly not be said any better. 

A Blog, “When Does Life Begin?” shares, “The Bible contains numerous references to the unborn.14 Each time the Bible speaks of the unborn, there is reference to an actual person, a living human being already in existence. These Scriptures, taken in context, all indicate that God considers the unborn to be people. The language of the text continually describes them in personal terms.

Since the Bible treats those persons yet unborn as real persons, and since the development of a person is a continuum with a definite beginning at the moment of fertilization, the logical point at which a person begins to be human is at that beginning. The answer is that life begins at fertilization. Frankly, no other conclusion is possible from Scripture or science.

What are the implications of this conclusion? Why is this important? Quite simply, the status of the zygote/embryo/fetus is central to many issues facing our society. The most obvious issue in this regard is abortion. If the zygote is a human life, then abortion is murder. The same can be said of issues surrounding the embryonic stem cell debate. If the embryo is human, then destroying it is murder, no matter what supposedly altruistic reason is given as justification. The ethics of cloning require consideration of the concept of humanness and the timing of its onset. A person’s acceptance or rejection of the controversial morning-after pill is based upon the determination of when human life begins.15”(Mitchell, 2010)

What is a person?

The blog “A Person, No Matter How Small” by Ken H. Who founded “Answers in Genesis” says, ‘A baby is a human being from the moment of fertilization, knit together by the Creator.”(Ham, 2014)

I wanted to share a new viewpoint if you believe it’s ethical. In IVF the unborn child is considered literally property. Therefore they aren’t shown their intrinsic worth through the IVF field. I want to encourage you to learn about PGD testing. The site “Givf” shares about PGD, “Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a reproductive technology used along with an IVF cycle to increase the potential for a successful pregnancy and delivery. PGD is a genetic test on cells removed from embryos, to help select the best embryo(s) to achieve pregnancy or to avoid a genetic disease for which a couple is at risk.” (https://www.givf.com/geneticservices/whatispgd.shtml) Instead of reading ‘embryos’ read ‘child’ ‘baby’ ‘person’ and see how this sounds when it is read.  Heartbreaking to see how we dehumanize persons…

You cannot automatically become a person when you are born therefore our lives start at fertilization so PGD testing is a test babies go through to see if they have health conditions and if they do have health issues or genetic diagnoses the children are killed. They then put their life after killed in a sink or flush down the toilet. This mindset is horrific as ones heart should be to cherish life and often many in our medical field say that ONLY SOME people are valuable which is a harmful mindset and view. This is evil. We all have intrinsic value and in a field that says they want people to have children they should be embracing all lives at fertilization not killing people to find the “best.” This isn’t Darwinism to define life’s worth as babies are all the best and this field as all should be respecting all life by not killing people. The purpose of PGD is to put children through test to see if they have health conditions to kill them. This is A child supposedly having a poor prenatal diagnosis. These children deserve to be treated by scientists and doctors as much as patients as the mom. They do not deserve to be killed and then thrown in the trash or flushed down the toilet or put down the sink. PGD’s goal is to take lives not save babies from health conditions but kill them because they have health conditions. Babies deserve better than murder.   It is sad that in a field that does help families have children and in any field that there is an acceptance of murdering of lives when the medical field should be grounded in simply helping people have children.  I think the ethics come in when some believe that killing babies in IVF will be okay to take life when children deserve better no matter how long they live to the gift of life whether frozen or not.  They do not deserve to be chimeras, killed and then combined with a animal to see them made as a person animal.  Children deserve to be treated as persons never as property.

http://www.fertility-docs.com/programs-and-services/gender-selection/select-the-gender-of-your-baby-using-pgd.php?wasgclid=EAIaIQobChMIxs-G4ubD2AIVgz2BCh2FAQEPEAAYASAAEgJwHfD_BwE

 

A heartbreaking article which speaks about how some ethicists believe that in order to help the society/environment one must kill people. 

In the article, Ethicists argue that genetically altering humans may solve global climate issues, bluntly says they select the children to kill and keep in order to select the children who have the “correct height” in stating, “While genetic modifications to control height are likely to be quite complex and beyond our current capacities, it nevertheless seems possible now to use PGD to select shorter children.” I am desiring to tell you how those mentioned in the article view life to think that somehow the killing of those in IVF due to their height or the reducing of the size of ecelogical footprints will somehow help our environment.  The point is if they kill people they think it helps dealing with climate change.https://www.liveaction.org/news/ethicists-argue-that-genetically-altering-humans-may-solve-global-climate-issues/ 

Who Will Bear The Load?-By Ruth Prohaska

I read aloud to my young son from his Children’s Bible, and as I progressed through the stories about Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, and Jesus in the Gospels, a heaviness came over my heart.  Eight long years of infertility and numerous miscarriages had depressed me and shaken my faith.  I was mad at God, and as I continued to read to my son I felt a question hovering.  “Why, Why did you let all of this happen?”

Then I read the words from Matthew’s Gospel, “Every one then who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”   The words spoke to me and as I stared at the pictures from this scene the realization hit me hard.  I was that house in the storm!  I had been battered by the rain, and the wind, and the floods.

Then I asked myself, “If I am that house beaten and windblown, what am I going to do?  Will I allow it to defeat me?  Take away my faith in God”?  I looked down at the Gospel reading, and the Holy Spirit guided me away from the image of the house on the sand to one that was built on rock: “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them shall be compared to a wise man who built his house upon the rock.”  A peace overcame me, with God I would weather this storm, and then and there with my son sitting on my lap, I declared to myself, “On this rock I will stand.”

It was a huge turning point for me.  I decided to let go of my bitterness and self-pity and instead use my experiences for something far greater.

Life progressed, and my family would endure another miscarriage. This time, however, I was halfway through my pregnancy and the baby would need to be delivered and a funeral planned.  This gave a whole new meaning to take up your cross!   Again, I turned to Luke’s Gospel and found comfort in Jesus’ words:  “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”  I thought about the cross and what it meant.  An all- powerful, all-knowing God could have brought Salvation any another way, but He choose the cross.  Our salvation literally rests on the cross and if we are to imitate Jesus and share in his glorious resurrection, then we too, must share in His sufferings.  I was facing yet another storm, and while this time I knew I was standing on the rock.  I also understood that our suffering could take on meaning in the light of the cross.

During our darkest hour, our church family reached out to us by attending the funeral, babysitting, providing meals, and uplifting our family in prayer.  It was then that I realized we were not alone.   Jesus did not need Simon’s help, but allowed it to be the example of how to carry each other’s crosses, and so we took what friends and family offered which helped us bear the load.

A call came soon after we buried our baby from our parish priest asking if we might reach out to another couple facing a similar situation.  Their baby had complications and they were being advised to abort the baby.  They decided to carry the baby to term and to relish in the joy of a precious new life.   Throughout the pregnancy we remained close and after the baby was born we were invited back to see them and they asked us to be the godparents.  As we gazed upon the beautiful precious life God had given them, we watched her struggle to breath and knew it would only be a matter of time before she would join her Creator into everlasting life, I felt as though we had just held a saint and the privilege was incredibly powerful.

Many have asked me if our suffering—the miscarriages and infertility—served any purpose.  And my answer is overwhelmingly yes.  As I look back I can see how God’s revelations have come full circle.  Yes, the storms of life were there, but with God I am standing on the rock firm in the knowledge that our trials and tribulations find meaning at the foot of Christ’s cross.  Most importantly, I’ve learned how to be a light in the darkness, by loving your neighbor as yourself and allowing others to help us weather the storms.

The Percentage Of How Much a Person Will Live shouldn’t Determine How Much You Fight

A couple I was reading a blog about was trying for a year and a half to get pregnant. Since they couldn’t conceive, they chose embryo adoption. Embryo adoption is a beautiful way to have a family! The family’s story shares that they adopted two babies/frozen embryos who were implanted, then they heard that one of the embryos/baby split and they have three babies now.
The most heartbreaking story is that instead of the medical field welcoming and being excited, about these three children, the medical field instead told the parents they should KILL ONE to give the other two a better chance of survival. We are alive in the womb so saying they wouldn’t have chance at living long is a future tense term that isn’t necessary in the sense that they are alive now. We shouldn’t preemptively kill someone ever, and the medical field should never tell parents to kill one of their children. My thought is that the chance of survival shouldn’t determine how much one fights for babies in the womb and in IVF. You should fight regardless of how long they may or may not live, and since the percentage of the amount of babies that are implanted having potential medical concerns is a possibilities, this should cause the medical field to nurture life not take life. Also, you don’t take someone’s life someone because they won’t LIVE long. This is horrific.

This child should not have been selected to have her or his life taken. How quickly a field can turn from life to death. Some doctors a sadly misguided as they only want families to have children and they only consider them valuable if they are healthy or outside the womb. How quickly a nation falls when we believe and justify killing children. How evil a country is when we believe that we can say it is in a child’s “best interest,” and they would be better off dead so they don’t have to suffer health conditions later on as if health conditions are a reason for murdering someone. The medical field is to care for those with health issues not kill them. Killing one child to give another a chance is the picture of eugenics. How barbaric. Taking a child’s life is not the answer and justifying that death by saying the death of one is justified to help another is distributed thinking. I know I sound harsh but abortion is murder at any stage it all murder when you preemptively kill a child.

Biblical midwives and OBGYNS

In this devotion about the Hebrew midwives lying about women being “much more vigorous in childbirth,” the midwives were truly honoring Christ by saving the young boys at birth from murder! This makes a direct correlation to pro life OBGYNs. There are many doctors who profess to be pro life, but we must realize what a true pro life obgyn is, ones such as Dr. Donna Harrison, Dr. Kathi Aultman, Dr. Kathleen Raviele, Dr. Marguerite Duane and Dr. Monique Ruberu and Dr. Will Lile and many more who are true pro life obgyns encourage women in pro life counsel to choose life if they have someone in their office contemplating, or determined to have an abortion and someone who does not refer, in anyway, or suggest abortion and see all lives having intrinsic value. These midwives are a picture of what true pro life doctors should be. They took risks on behalf of the two patients, as one of their patients as the mother (unless the mom has multiple babies then there are 3 patients or 6 etc) along with the baby or babies. The midwives realized, not directly maybe, that legality of murder does not make it moral (Abby Johnson says something like this) such as on the contrary where people believe abortion is moral because it is legal (which feeds into the lies that are told to these women in crisis by society). Corrie Ten Boom “lied” during the Holocaust saying Jews weren’t in her home when they were so that they would not be taken to concentration camps. She fought for the voiceless! Medicine has a responsibility to fight for the voiceless even if it costs them because what we will suffer is NOTHING in compared to what these women suffer from an abortion and what the babies’ suffer. Both of these evils were legal and some fought to stand up seeing it was evil. Martin Luther King fought to stand up for African American lives! The unsafest places for an African American are in their mother’s womb because abortion facilities, such as Planned Parenthood, have a foundation of eugenics and to this day eugenically placing abortion facilities where African American people are to eradicate them. We must be diligent to show society and MDs and nurses and PAs etc the value of all life. MDs must be willing to break the law in order to save lives such as not being willing to suggest abortion to young girls in OBGYN office in IL. https://www.lifesitenews.com/…/illinois-bill-forcing-pro-li… A true pro life OBGYN would never refer for abortion. This is not up for debate or contemplation. Doctors must resuscitate babies who are born early due to a “failed abortion.” Also, why would we ever consider the child who does not die from an abortion a “fail”? This is a rhetorical question as I know why the industry claims it fails because the industry’s goal is to take life. Yet the abortion industry does not see our intrinsic value for all lives whether “unwanted” or “unplanned” or conceived through rape or being sick in utero. Throughout Biblical and other history, there have been evil done to people and such as the Jews and slaves and now women “in crisis pregnancy” being told lies and ending up having abortions. We must think of Esther and Martin Luther King Jr. and these rare pro life OBGYNs I mentioned and many others represent them, who God raises up to show that it is evil to take life preemptively through murder and that our laws must reflect life and love not death and our laws must be used to bring life as abortion doesn’t “empower women.” Women in crsis should be shown support for her and her child and it grieves my spirit that this society has legalized such a harmful act towards children and women. I pray our nation understands that as Lila Rose says, “Women walked in classrooms powerful, women walked into the voting both powerful, women walk into abortion clinics powerless.” Something that struck me is that these Hebrew midwives as God mentions feared God. They did not fear man. They did not make excuses as to why they must NOT “listen to pharaoh.” Roe Vs. Wade and ACOG are a personal attack on OBGYNs and these pro life OBGYNs must be encouraged as they stand for ALL life and God has and will bless them for their hearts for life. Exodus 1:15-16 says, “The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, “When you assist the Hebrew women in childbirth, observe at the delivery: If it is a son, kill him, but if it is a daughter, she may live.”(Exd. 1:15-16) An intriguing fact is that both women’s names mean beautiful. I realize that in Biblical history people’s names spoke to who they were and in my mind, not saying this is Biblical, their names show who they were being beautiful women to stand up for the intrinsic value of the baby boys to not be harmed through eugenic genocide. Howell and Paris said, “The Hebrews were living as an ethnic minority population within the Egyptian kingdom, laboring as slaved under cruel overlord. Things could hardly have gotten worse, but they did. The Egyptian Pharaoh commanded Shephrah and Puah, the Hebrew midwives, to kill all newborn Hebrews boys.” (Howell and Paris, 2011, 224) This history reminds me of the civil war and slaves being dehumanized and then the slavery leading to the enslavement of children in the womb who are African American which MLK’s niece Alveda King says that the most dangerous place for an African American is the womb. We see the progression of slavery to then preemptively taking of children’s lives in the Biblically history and played out in civil war to 2019. Women and doctors deserve better than to take life and for doctors to refer and do abortion as women and children deserve better because women and children are precious to Christ and babies should never be killed and “abortion is the greatest exploitation of women.”
Resources:
https://www.liveaction.org/…/planned-parenthood-founder-ma…/

Reminder for the day

If we remember nothing else as we end our day may we know that Jesus loves us, died for us to save us and rose again. May we know that if we acknowledge our need for a Savior He will save us. May we remember that our value is not based on our location or how we are conceived or our genetic diagnosis or sickness whether in utero or not. Our value is not based on the world’s criteria. As we have seen the eugenic society desire to redefine value, and our laws in the same manner redefine our value, we have seen that the world selects groups to kill off when they choose to redefine life and our value and where life comes from and when life starts. For example, the Holocaust, slavery and now abortion are examples of society as a whole devaluing people’s value. We must see that we are all made in the Image of God. Science shows that we are a human at the moment of fertilization. It is the OBGYN founding organization field which is founded on pro abortion views, and our laws that have redefined who God has already defined as living, and beautiful persons at fertilization, no matter how conceived or if sick in utero or if sick outside the womb.

Disability=Ability

In our nation and around the world, people with disabilities are told two messages.  These messages are extremely conflicting.

One: The message our world sends is people with disabilities are a nuisance and we consider someone less valuable because they “would cost a lot to care for” in medicine.  Also, we can see how there is a link to prenatal testing and abortion link.  We all have value and society is eugenic.  They consider people who have disabilities ‘not worthy of fighting for or’ ‘having no quality of life’ or as if being  blind, deaf and have mental struggles as some nurses and MDs use as another excuse to not fight for life.  I thought all were supposed to support people who are blind, deaf, have Trisomy 13 and 18 and other poor prenatal diagnoses to take their life because many consider them as a society an “inconvenience.’  Society does not realize how much of a eugenic foundation medicine has.

Two: The other view is seeing how we can celebrate people who have disabilities to show their ability.  We can show that they are valuable. That their value is not based on what they can or cannot do or what they look like or what grade they do or don’t get but that we have value.  Think of the special Olympics or hearing about stories where people with “disabilities” are shown their worth.  Yet still society has a discrepancy.  Society only considers them valuable if society wants to think they have value yet this is the concern as society believes that they have the right to place value judgments on people based on “their standards.”

I feel also that society believes that everyone has disabilities.  They believe that if you are hyper in class you must have a disability in need of meds and in reality they are just children.  It is so heartbreaking that society desires to medicate their children and that it is just natural to take the lives of our children in utero if they are sick or conceived in a particular manner such as incest or rape. Along with the other children who are conceived through IVF but are considered “extra” and are donated to science or taken through other manners of death who are simply considered “extra embryos” instead of all shown our intrinsic value.

What is missing is the fact that society does not believe in intrinsic value.  They believe that we have value if we have met a certain criteria.  Even in desiring to see people with disabilities have the opportunities, society does not care to celebrate the child who can’t accomplish going to the special Olympics as society only celebrates people if they can meet societies criteria.  We are a godless nation therefore we as Christians must see that every soul has value because we are all made in God’s image.  Our value is not based on what society claims.

In this Christmas  season, my heart hurts because God’s desire is to see all children valued, all elderly and in our society and around the world there is a lack of love for those who are considered “an inconvenience” because they have come at a “wrong time” or they are sick or considered to “bring no quality of life”.  We must understand that those who are older are to bring wisdom and those younger are to bring bundles of new blessings.  We have forgotten the innocent….. Jesus came to show all, the broken and dehumanized and the pharisee and arrogant, that we all have value.  We are not worthy of spiritual saving yet we are worthy of physical saving.  I think upon three doctors devaluing my life because of my location and because I was sick and thinking I did not deserve for God to die on the cross for my sins, but I did deserve to be rescued from physicians devaluing my life because they did not believe that my value was intrinsic.

Our society desires to live in a euphoric spiritual and virtual and unrealistic box, a box that consistently grows of “their views that make us valuable.”

Our society is constantly saying you must eat a particular way and particular foods, you must look a certain way, you must get a 4.0 and be on the cheer-leading squad and you must play on the football team and you must play any instrument.  The pressure on our society and young teens is unbearable.  Society tells young girls they must date, have sex and not get pregnant.  Our society has replaced the intimate value of sex inside of marriage and believing that it is a gift to give to someone outside of the covenant bond of marriage yet the child is not considered a blessing.

We are worth fighting for not that we may live but because we are alive.

 

America’s Got Talent-pregnancy and adoption

American’s Got Talent show featured Michael Ketterer who was one of the people who auditioned at the show and he shared his story in which has such candor and is inspirational! This story is about he and his wife’s daughter and adoption journey which was shared on the show.

He and his wife Ivy had a daughter who was not well either before or after birth.  Michael said, “The doctor said the woman I loved the most in life and my new daughter, they probably wouldn’t make it through the night … I spent the whole night praying, and miraculously my daughter pulled through,” said Ketterer. “My wife pulled through, but the doctors told us if we got pregnant, this would happen again.” Their daughter had dreams for 3 years. The husband shares that he and his family are not huge believers in people’s dreams meaning something, yet she kept having dreams about ha 3 brothers that she would have.  Her family chose to then adopt. Their first call was for 3 boys who needed to be adopted! Themanpost site states, “He soon told the amazing tale of how he almost lost his wife and daughter, with ‘signs’ later leading them to adopting five sons — three rescued from a squalid meth lab, one who was homeless, and another with cerebral palsy.”

We all have intrinsic value.

Resources:

https://themanpost.com/americas-got-talent-simon-cowell-hits-golden-buzzer-for-devoted-father-and-singer-michael-ketterer/

https://www.knoxnews.com/story/entertainment/2018/06/05/americas-got-talent-knoxville-man-gets-golden-buzzer-after-singing-michael-ketterer/670899002/

Rose’s story-Her journey with prenatal testing

My name is Rose and I have 2 young kids, Alynna Marie is 6 years old, and Lyle Christian is 4 years old. And there is another one on the way, as I am on my 3rd trimester. 🙂 I did prenatal genetic testing on my first born and opted not anymore for my second child and to the current pregnancy. AsI look back with my first pregnancy, I was overwhelmed with the check ups and testings and all. Even though I work in the medical field, a Medical Technologist by profession, still everything was just too much for a would-be first-time mom. Especially that it took 4 years for me and my husband to finally hear the news that I am conceiving. We were just too excited. We went diligently with my OB schedule, and assumed everything is routine to make sure our baby is on track and doing well. So the first time I heard about the genetic testing, I simply said yes.
With my second child, I seemed to have more focus to details. When the time came that the doctor’s clinic asked me f I wanted to have the genetic testing done, I asked for what purpose and listened intently. I was told it will just help me to plan on how to best care for the baby if it is high risk of certain genetic disorders or not. I took home the flier for further reading. At home I pondered, if something came up unusual, would it really help me and the baby? All I care is just to focus on is taking care of myself so the baby will be at his/her healthiest potential. The rest is God’s work. If the test turns out that things are “normal”, life continues. But if it reveals something else, how will I move forward? Regardless of the result, I would still keep the baby…it is my child and a gift from God most of all. I decided to say no to the genetic testing on my follow up visit. In my mind I have it resolved that I will deal with it when the time comes (at birth) and will love the child as it is. Me and my husband as parents are stewards of the lives of our children and we will do everything we can to protect and take care of it. What awaits at childbirth, we don’t know… and we trust that God’s grace and mercy will suffice us and the new baby. And so our second child was born, other than being a vulnerable preemie at 34 weeks old and having to stay at the NICU for a week or so, he managed just fine.
As I was writing this article and did some online reading about genetic testing, I was actually appauld that the parents can really decide to end the pregnancy or that even doctors themselves will recommend to parents to terminate the pregnancy.
As one article says ” It is your choice whether to have prenatal testing. Your personal beliefs and values are important factors in the decision about prenatal testing. There is no right or wrong answer.”
I was reminded of this Bible Verse…Matthew 6:34 “So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

 

Rose’s story allows for many to question what truly prental testing accomplishes.  We must ask the question, what is truly the purpose of prenatal testing? Is it truly to allow parents to know how to help their children or as Rose wondered is there another purpose to this test that’s underlying?
From the blog, What is the purpose of prental testing?, that I wote a while back, “Its real foundation was grounded in eugenics. There were many players in the eugenics movement. The blog by Meehan’s Report shares of the eugenic foundation of prenatal testing. The term “eugenics” was coined by Francis Galton and in Greek means “well-born.” (Galton, 1883) Eugenics is a way (so cleverly disguised) to discriminate against those “deemed” unfit and unworthy by those that support this philosophy and goal of eugenics.”

 

More from the blog, What is the purpose of prental testing?, I share detailed information from Meehan’s Report, “‘Frederick Osborn was the mastermind of the American Eugenic movement. His goal was to take the lives of children who were sick or disabled or a certain race and exterminate these people. Osborn stated, “The term medical genetics has taken the place of the old term negative eugenics… The older term means efforts to prevent births among people deemed to be inferior, especially those with inherited disabilities.” Osborn sickeningly said, “The public should insist that doctors and public health authorities get to work at reducing the number of defectives.”(Osborn, 1941) People made in God’s very image, he is calling the abhorrent term “defective.” These eugenists use semantics to attempt to influence and bias those they are trying to convince of the merit of their philosophy. These so called “defectives” were children that are sick. Osborn and people like him took on the eugenic movement under new names and groups to uproot medicine and cause there to be genetic testing in medicine to eliminate the children who are considered and deemed to have no value.”