Plan B

Plan B

The lady in the Plan B video said, “In a colorful room, people are working hard to bust the myths surrounding emergency contraception. A spokesperson says that some may believe that bathing in vinegar, crossing your fingers or wishing on a dandelion may help to prevent pregnancy, but none of those myths are actually true. Instead, she recommends taking Plan B One-Step because it helps prevent pregnancy within 72 hours of sex or birth control failure.”

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdUp5mgh4g5mc2n12pcY92A

ACOG, the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “changed” the definition of when life began for the purpose of accepting and marketing a hybrid which is a potetial abortion pill and birth control pill such as Plan B-“birth control.” Plan B can potentially be both a “birth control” and abortion pill but it is harmful to women and children to market the Plan B pill as a “birth control” pill when medicine knows that it can potentially also can take the life a child.

This site states, “Plan B One-Step works primarily by:

Preventing ovulation
It may also work by:

Possibly preventing fertilization by altering tubal transport of sperm and/or egg
Altering the endometrium which may inhibit implantation”

The issue is that ACOG does not consider the preborn a patient or one that ACOG should have any responsibility to care for and what I mean is that ACOG would never allow a woman to take a birth control pill if she would die from it yet ACOG allows a child to be potentially miscarried, aka allowing a child’s life to be at risk of loss, because ACOG does not consider the child in the womb to be a patient.   Every birth control pill has the risk of causing a miscarriage as a child may have potentially been made and then their life would have been killed.

Stem Cells Research on Animals

At the University of CA and also in China a study/research was done through combining a person’s stem cell and a pig embryo. This practice was done to see if for future use a pig could  be used to provide life saving treatments and transplants for people. This is done through a human’s stem cell and a pig’s DNA being combined.  This animal was then killed at 28 days of life.  This university believed that if they allowed this pig/ stem cells of a person to continue to grow it would have looked like a pig and acted like one but would have had a human organ in it.   For the scientific lovers out there, I need to share how the chimera was created as the scientist used gene-editing on the part of the pig embryo that they needed to take out in order for the pig to grow a pancreas.  Scientists have the capacity to do a lot of research but not all research is actually ethical or truly research at all.  My next question would be who, why, how and where is the university getting the pig embryos and how are they given permission???? Also if the stem cell is coming from an adult what document does the person have to sign to have a stem cell donated, and what does the doctor tell the patient their stem cell is being implanted inside of? These are all important questions and shows that the IVF industry has deep roots within all of medicine as they destroy, which is evil, human beings who are at the smallest stage in life. In this situation they didn’t use human children at the embryonic level to do the experiment but often times children are used for other “research.” I feel that using animals for research is awful. I realize that the stem cells in this research are from a human’s stem cell.  This cell is either from an adult’s stem cell or a child who was considered “not qualified” for implantation at an IVF clinic and was then taken for “research.” Then tissue from a human’s stem cell was injected inside a pig.  This is called iPS, human introduced pluripotent.  The researchers are not aware of what the cell can turn into as the pig embryo hasn’t developed its immune system yet. The scientific hope is that the stem cell would follow and do what the pig embryo chemical cues are and then the tissues would develop differently in the pig fetus. A fetus pig is clearly a pig at a later stage of development.  I was researching trying to figure out when that fetus stage began for a pig as A. the article is implying that the pig will be researched on for a longer period of time than even the embryonic stage. Also, I was wondering how long the fetus stage was out of curiosity to see how long that would mean a scientist may potentially keep a pig fetus alive? In laymen terms the research is done/chimera is made as the scientist makes a hole in the pigs DNA so that they can implant the human stem cell but they do not know what other tissues will come of it  so there has been some concern with wondering if the pig could have the brain, intelligence, of a person if the pig were to grow full term. Now this has been said by a researcher that this concern will probably not occur.  There are many uncertainties with this process, from my perspective. The article states, “But what we don’t know, and this is what they need to look at, is whether the human cells can also contribute substantially to other tissues, and particularly they are worried about the brain,” said Robin Lovell-Badge, a geneticist at the Francis Crick Institute in London.” There were attempts to make more embryos but the US National Institute of Health said that they would not approve the research as they don’t know the effects yet. The goal is for the pig to almost be the vehicle for the pancreas to grow on its own on the pig so that it can be used for transplants.  There are issues which are causing concern that the pancreas having cell types from this pig inside it could make it so the transplant would not work for the patient. There is another huge issue that can arise which would be the patient’s body rejecting the transplant as there would be human cells that would change the pig embryo which of course would then make it so the patient’s body would reject the transplant.  It was interesting as the next potential risk in having this transplant was the same risk I was contemplating before reading and it was that the animals virus would be inside the human.  This article then stated, “A pig was said to be an “ideal incubator” for human organs and Walter Low, a professor in the department of neurosurgery, University of Minnesota, told the BBC that researchers wanted to create not just a pancreas – the current focus – but also hearts, livers, kidneys, lungs and corneas.

Prof George Church, who has led similar research into the possible use of chimeras, told the broadcaster: “It opens up the possibility of not just transplantation from pigs to humans but the whole idea that a pig organ is perfectible.

“Gene editing could ensure the organs are very clean, available on demand and healthy, so they could be superior to human donor organs.””

CNN has a story that seems similar to the story in CA. See below:
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  • Salk Institute researchers grow a rat pancreas, rat heart and rat eyes within a developing mouse
  • Using stem cells, they generate human cells and human tissues in the embryos of pigs and cattle

(CNN)To grow human organs within animal bodies has long been the dream of scientists wanting to provide transplantable hearts, lungs, kidneys and other organs for patients in need. A glimpse of possible success in this elusive goal was seen Thursday.

Using stem cell technologies, researchers generated human cells and human tissues in the embryos of pigs and cattle. Their research appeared in the journal Cell.
Despite this milestone, integrating cells from human and animal species is proving difficult, and developing human organs remains at a considerable distance, said Dr. Jun Wu, a staff scientist in the gene expression laboratory at the Salk Institute and first author of the research.
“Species evolve independently, and many factors dictating the developmental programs might have diverged, which makes it difficult to blend cells from one species to a developing embryo from another,” Wu said. “The larger the evolutionary distance, the more difficult for them to mix.”
Or as senior author Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a professor in Salk’s gene expression laboratory, sees it, “To try to imitate nature is not that easy.”

Building block experiments

The project began with the research team attempting to prove that it could grow one animal’s organ cells within a different species of animal. This is known as a chimera — specifically an interspecies chimera, an organism containing cells from two or more species.
They began with two closely related species: rats and mice.
To create a rat-mouse chimera, the scientists began by creating a mouse embryo without a pancreas.
Similar work had been done before by other scientists, notably Hiromitsu Nakauchi, now at Stanford, who bred mutant mice that lacked a pancreas and then grew a rat pancreas inside a mouse.
In the current study, Belmonte, Wu and their colleagues used gene-editing techniques known as CRISPR/Cas9 to generate mice embryos lacking a pancreas. Then they inserted rat stem cells that contained a gene for the pancreas into these mutant embryos.
Once implanted, the stem cells developed into a rat pancreas within a mouse embryo that ultimately (and importantly) grew into a healthy mouse with a normal lifespan. Taking their idea a few steps further, the researchers used the same method to develop rat eyes and rat hearts within mice embryos.
“We demonstrated the robustness of this system,” Wu said. By “genetically disabling” the mouse host, they proved it was possible to generate rat organs within a host species.
Unexpectedly to the researchers, the mice delivered bonus organs after the injection of rat stem cells: gallbladders, which are present in mice but not in rats.
“This suggests that rats lack a gallbladder not because of an inherent genetic deficiency of rat cells,” Wu said. Instead, “embryonic niches” may be orchestrating the tissues and organs that develop and grow within each animal species.
After the rat-mice experiments, the team turned its focus to human stem cells.

Small but significant

They began by generating different types of human induced pluripotent stem cells — when adult cells are turned back into stem cells — and inserting them into pig embryos. Pigs were used because both the size and the development time for their organs are more similar to our own than, say, rats.
Next, the team members implanted these embryos into sows. To test the safety and effectiveness of their work, they stopped the experiment at four weeks.
Human cells within some of the embryos had begun to specialize and turn into tissue precursors, they discovered. However, the success rate and level of human stem cell contributions in pigs was much lower than with the rat-mouse chimeras.
Wu cautioned that the research is in its very early stages, and with many challenges ahead, the development of human organs within animals may not be possible for some time.
Though the experiment with human stem cells was interrupted at 28 days, it remains the first reported case in which human stem cells have begun to grow within another species. So it is a small but significant step toward the ultimate goal of growing human organs in animals, said Insoo Hyun, an associate professor of bioethics and philosophy at Case Western Reserve University.
“They just wanted to see if the cells would survive during gestation, and they did, and they kind of migrated here and there to various sites, except the brain, which is interesting,” said Hyun, who was not involved in the research.
Hyun, who worked on developing international guidelines for the International Society for Stem Cell Research, said the Salk Institute researchers appear to be staying within international ethical boundaries.
“The next step would be then to see if they can get better at localizing where the human cells develop and, ideally, getting to organ genesis,” he noted.

Ethical concerns

“The interesting thing is, it was not funded by American taxpayer money,” Hyun said, at least not directly. The primary funding came from private Spanish sources.
One reason for this is the US National Institutes of Health examined chimera science in a 2015 workshop and “accompanied that with a pause” on funding of a “very narrow subset of animal human chimera research,” said Carrie D. Wolinetz, the institutes’ associate director for science policy.
This subset consists of scientists introducing human cells into animal embryos at a very early stage.
“There has been the use of human-animal chimeras in biomedical research for a very long time. We’ve introduced human cells into animal models to create models of human diseases and used them as research tools for decades now,” Wolinetz said.
“But over time, what we’ve seen — as stem cell technology has advanced and as gene editing technology has advanced — we’ve seen the ability to create more sophisticated animal-human chimeras at a much earlier stage of embryonic development,” she said.
The reason, then, the National Institutes of Health suspended funding was over ethical concerns.
The chimeras used in biomedical research have been created, typically, by putting the human cells in at a later stage of development: at the fetal stage or even after birth. At these stages, scientists have a lot more control in that the cells stay where they are put, and they don’t “drift all over” the animal’s body, explained Wolinetz.
In these new experiments, human cells are being introduced at a much earlier stage of development, when the cells are still sorting themselves out within the embryo.
“In particular, people were concerned about human cells populating the brain of the animal or the germline of the animal,” Wolinetz said. In the first case, the animal might be humanized; in the second case, the animal might pass human genes on to its offspring.
As Hyun frames it, the ethical question is this: “If you up the biological contribution of the human stem cells, are you also somehow turning them morally into a human-like thing with human rights?” He noted, though, “It’s so difficult to know how you would actually address that.” It’s not measurable.
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“I would argue, as long as you are avoiding the brain, or there’s not a significant change to the brain, of structure and possible functioning, then I don’t think you even need to go down that philosophical path,” he said. Though as a philosopher, it might be “fun” for him, it’s not a wise or practical thing to do for policy.
Instead, Hyun said, you want to stick with measurable criteria such as seeing a drop in animal function from the beginning of an experiment to the end. “The emphasis should still remain on animal welfare,” he said, as it is currently for any kind of animal research.
Meanwhile, Wolinetz said the National Institutes of Health is hoping to finalize its policy on chimera research very soon in order to get back into the business of funding appropriate projects.
“We would like to make sure exciting research can go forward,” she said, “but also make sure that we’ve got an appropriate oversight system so we can make sure it’s proceeding responsibly.”

This article is talking about how in China they are mixing and generating humans cells and tissue in pigs and cattle at the youngest stage of development.

A. first question, how is the IVF clinic getting access to the embryos at the youngest stage?? Where do they come from? Is there an IVF clinic for animals where they get animals and do IVF on them, that is how it all started, IVF with animals.

B.  Combining humans bodies parts into an animal makes no sense because we are different species than animals and so we can’t possibly figure out our health issues as we combine animals bodies and cells into humans who are considered “left overs” (evil term).

C. These children are people and clearly since it is China they deny people their humanity.

https://www.cnn.com/2017/01/26/health/human-pig-embryo/index.html

Colleen Sullivan- Contest “Women Speak for Themselves”

Colleen is a dear friend of mine! She is a children and women’s activist!:)

She wrote for a contest called, “Women Speak for Themselves.”

Colleen writes, “I Never Wanted to Be a Mother

 

I never wanted to be a wife or a mother. I grew up in a home where marriage seemed more like a prison than a sacrament. My parents had one mode of communication: arguing. I came to view motherhood through the same lens of disillusionment. By the time I was twenty-something, I had convinced myself that I was devoid of a maternal instinct and that I would never get married or have a family.

 

In my 30s, I met my husband. I was a raging alcoholic, radical feminist who mistakenly thought she was free from the oppressive trappings of this world. He prayed and fasted for forty days for my hardened heart to heal. We have been married now for sixteen years and have four beautiful children. Elizabeth Stone wrote this about being a mother, “…it is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body”.

 

Our babies make us laugh

When we were pregnant with our first child, Trinity, I remember standing in front of the closet in her nursery looking at all of the baby clothes neatly hung there. I held the clothes in my hands and imagined what she would look like in them. I recall laughing out loud as I gazed upon them because I was awash in a sea of pink. I thought, “what is she doesn’t even like pink?” Don’t you know that Trinity, now 13 years old, to this day does not like the color pink?!

 

While changing Trinity’s diapers as a newborn, I looked into her eyes, she had a very intense look. I felt like she could read my soul. I talked a lot out loud to her and I said this, “you know that I have no idea what I’m doing don’t you? I can see it in your eyes.” Thankfully by our fourth child, I got over that insecurity.

 

Our babies make us selfless

I say our babies make us selfless, but the truth is that is an inaccurate statement. We had it in us all along, to be selfless. But our children are sometimes the first opportunity we have in life to admit that we would willingly die for someone else. That feeling, of literally offering your life up so that someone else could live, surfaces more often than not in motherhood. And it is a reminder of our humanity, that we can love to such selfless depths.

 

Most people have heard of motherhood used as a noun. But motherhood is also an adjective and it means “having or relating to an inherent worthiness, justness, or goodness that is obvious or unarguable”. Through motherhood, we nurture, we love, we take care, and watch the love grow from inside to outside of ourselves and into the world. Motherhood is already good and worthy and just.  We just have to be open to enter into it. Motherhood can take us to unimaginable heights of the human experience.”

Baby Alfie Evans- PRAY PRAY PRAY

Live Action posted, ”

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Father of Alfie Evans: ‘Not even an animal would be treated like this’

Alfie Evans

UPDATE: April 25 — Alfie’s father, Tom Evans, told the media that the hospital is now feeding his son after 28 hours without food. “They only started feeding him at one ‘o’clock yesterday,” Evans said. “It’s disgusting how he’s being treated.” Evans also said there will be an appeal heard in court today: “The court of appeal have reached out to us and said they are going to set back three judges to hear the case. … In reality he could be in Italy right now. We all know the military air force are ready to take him and a team of doctors are there. We’ve also got a German air ambulance team, who attempted to take him in the first place, ready … the reality is these people are eager to get him out of the country and I’m not giving up because Alfie’s breathing away, he’s not suffering.”

UPDATE: April 24 — A British court has ruled that Alfie may not be taken to Italy, despite the facts that Alfie is now an Italian citizen and that an air ambulance from Italy has been waiting to take him for hours. Alfie’s father has posted to Facebook: “Coming up to 24 hours and he’s fighting with gorgeous his gorgeous features, pink lips, handsome grown up face, and odd cheeky smile now and again. UPDATE: HE HAS NOW BEEN STARVED FROM NUTRITION FOR 23 hours[. H]ow is this HUMANE where does his DIGNITY LIE[?]”

On April 23, 2018, Alder Hey hospital removed Alfie Evans’ life support, against his parents’ wishes, because it was believed that any treatment for him would be futile. The toddler has been fighting for his life since suffering a cascade of medical crises, starting at nine months old when he began having seizures. A chest infection landed him on life support, and he was able to recover, but another infection put him back on life support again. It is believed that Alfie has encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, for which there is no cure. But Alfie’s parents insist that he has not received a specific diagnosis, and that because there is no diagnosis, doctors feel that attempting to treat him would be pointless. After a series of court battles, the hospital won the right to end Alfie’s life.

But Alfie ended up shocking everyone. After his life support was removed, he didn’t quickly die as expected. Instead, he began breathing on his own and sustained his own life. After over two hours had passed, Alfie’s father posted updates on social media, slamming the hospital for refusing to give Alfie oxygen. But now, as Alfie has continued breathing on his own for over 19 hours, the hospital has finally caved and allowed him to have oxygen and water.

Now, Alfie’s parents have been granted an emergency hearing, during which they will request that the order preventing his removal from Alder Hey be lifted. Alfie has been granted Italian citizenship, with multiple hospitals in the country willing to take him in for treatment. Air ambulances have also been dispatched and are on standby to transport him to Italy if the order is lifted. “We are asking to lift all orders preventing Alfie from leaving Alder Hey and allow him to go to Italy. There’s medical transportation ready at any moment to take him,” Alfie’s father, Tom Evans, said. “Everything is in place. We have no doubt that he would survive the trip. He would have full treatment, oxygen and everything, right to Italy. It’s in his best interests to get treatment at a hospital abroad.”

If the order is not lifted, Alfie will likely be forced to endure an inhumane death. According to Alfie’s father, Alfie will be given Midazolam and Fentanyl to hasten his death. A document from Evans states that “[w]ith regard to the process of withdrawal of ventilation from Alfie, the Trust proposes that … a cannula will be placed in situ and infusions of Midazolam (an anxiolytic) and Fentanyl (an analgaesic) will be prepared. They would be commenced and increased to control symptoms if necessary.” It’s not clear whether or not Alfie has already received these drugs, but the use of Midazolam is especially controversial, as it has been banned for usage in executions.

Alfie is being treated less humanely than we treat prisoners on death row… or even animals. And why? Because he very well may be a severely disabled child for the rest of his life. He may not improve. And his life, therefore, is not considered worth living to the United Kingdom and to the NHS. It seems the hospital and the courts believe that Alfie will cost too much and take up too many resources, so they would rather force him to be put to death and spare taxpayers’ wallets. (Video below is from one week ago.) It’s despicable and horrifying that such a thing could happen not once, but twice.

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Charlie Gard died last year after diagnosed with a rare RRM2B mitochondrial depletion syndrome. His parents raised $1.5 million for his care, and they wanted to take him to the United States for experimental treatment. Staff at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London refused, prompting court battles that went all the way to the European Court of Human Appeals. But Charlie’s parents lost every single hearing, even though there was a neurologist, Dr. Michio Hirano, willing to help him, along with multiple foreign hospitals. When Dr. Hirano was finally able to examine Charlie, he declared that Charlie’s condition could have been ameliorated… but that by now, it was too late. The hospital’s dithering had cost Charlie his life. Once Charlie’s parents then agreed to remove life support, the hospital then gave them one final slap in the face, refusing to let them bring Charlie home to die.

How many more children will this happen to? It’s a terrifying thought for parents throughout the United Kingdom, who evidently have to be afraid of taking their children to the hospital, because if by some terrible circumstance those children end up fighting for their lives on life support, there’s no guarantee that parents will be allowed to choose for themselves a course of action, or whether or not their children live or die.

If there is any justice in the world, Alfie will be allowed to take the air ambulance that has been dispatched for him and receive care in Italy. That he is breathing on his own, and has been for so long, proves that Alfie is not brain dead. He is, at worst, severely disabled — and that does not mean he does not have the right to life.”

https://www.liveaction.org/news/alfie-evans-life-support-ambulance/

Dr. Mildred Jefferson

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A physician like Dr. Mildred Jefferson

Claiming to be pro life yet getting mixed up with the pro abortion people’s defintion of us

Being an Obgyn who is truly pro life is a gift and they are an advocate and their office in so many ways is a pregnancy resource center.  Physicians are to be advocates because if we say we love Jesus then they aren’t disobeying the medical profession by sharing His heart. If doctors, who say they are “pro life”, refer a scared teen girl to get an abortion then they have believed a lie thinking that “pro life” is referring a young girl for an abortion because “you aren’t doing the abortion” yet your reference to the abortion clinic makes you as responsible as the abortionist.
Every doctor has a unique gifting and power to change a person’s life for the worst or the better.  Although abortion is considered a moral & controversial issue I ask that as you contemplate the morality or ethical concerns within your field I ask that you make the issue of the intentional killing of life your greatest concern in your field. It is not merely considering the preborn another “potential” life but your patient.  There are greater ethical concerns in OBGYN but abortion as this is the leading ethical issue in your field. considered morally alright I ask that you reconsider the role and view that you take on such a controversially topic.
If you are confused about abortion and your view or if you dislike abortion but believe “it is a omens right for her to choose and for you to let her” please know that this is not a right of a women as abortion harms women’s souls and as you as a doctor excited about how the female reproduction occurs I ask that you support this process through an pre born baby being able to live by you choose to advocate for a life “for such a time is this.”

D&C for a Miscarriage

Dilation and Curettage (D&C)

A D&C for a miscarriage

Just in the past two days, I have been pondering and deeply grieved over this thought that maybe there are miscarriages that are misdiagnosed.  I have cried thinking that medicine may actually be doing D&Cs on live children whose parents were told that they miscarried.  I have deeply struggled with the medical field doing D&Cs.  All of these thoughts and emotions are always flooding my heart in these days and I can’t but not cry and feel frustrated.  I am frustrated because I feel the more I think about the OBGYN field, the more my heart feel heartbroken, as I type my eyes are full of tears because this field is taught to take lives in every every every situation.  I have had this awful feeling that indeed abortions are happening on children who are given a misdiagnoses with no heartbeat.

 

Why would I have such an odd thought if I have no proof with multiple stories? I have heard many stories of children who doctors say are miscarrying or who have and they are born alive. I believe that women and medicine are being taught and told lies. I believe this proves that sometimes medicine devalues and dehumanizes the preborn in the womb.

I also grieve when there are children who live after a miscarriage and the doctor does NOTHING to give them medical care.  If the child is not far enough along to “technically” give medical care to why doesn’t medicine come up with NEW medical advancements?????

Extremely odd, as I googled miscarriages and D&Cs, I came across this site which seemed to affirm my concerns. God seems to confirm that these thoughts such as believing that genetic testing is eugenic to this thought which I have never been told through any article is potentially proven to be correct as I at least find 1 site for both concerns that have affirmed my concerns, but I am NOT saying I am right just thinking out loud.

I want you to know that every day and every night I cry and pray and pray and pray and weep over the OBGYN field and how they are taught to devalue the littlest ones even through a “miscarriage” and how they are taught in the most evil, eugenic ways and they don’t even know this.  I mean that doctors are misdiagnosing miscarriages not knowing it and maybe preforming a D&C on a live child.  Please forgive my detailed thoughts but I am just so sad……………….. SO odd… as I googled photos of miscarriage D&Cs, I couldn’t find many photos after a D&C yet one of the few photos I found, which was odd are the photos I found of a D&C were women’s reproductive systems and not of a D&C.Do you know why? I bet because these children look so harmed that medicine knows they would be busted if they showed how the child looked afterwards.

Photo Credited:https://www.obgynecologistnyc.com/procedures/dilation-and-curettage-dc/

https://misdiagnosedmiscarriagemusings.blogspot.com/2017/04/diagnosed-with-miscarriage-new-study.html?showComment=1524015566154#c3374112759366156281

Chickeneggpics

Chickeneggpics is an organization designed to teach medical students around the US about the “benefits” of abortion.  They have multiple films talking about the “hard work” that abortion workers had to keep doing in their own office after abortionist George Tiller died.  The site says that these workers know that abortion is murder yet they keep working there for the women.  Those workers are so deceived and my heart hurts for them as they could be the people standing up for women but yet they are suppressed by that lie. Pray for them. God desires to see them understand truly that loving women is walking along side them in their pregnancy, not ending their child’s existence.

This site also has a video called BEAUTIFUL SIN featuring three women who aren’t able to go through the IVF process in El Salvador because it is banned. Even though IVF sounds great, it is extremely destructive. More children are harmed in IVF than are even born. El Salvador does it right!

Chickeneggspic, site is about teaching medical students about why abortion is “good.” Their organization partnered with Medical Students for Choice.

Never give up hope

 

It was a routine appointment, I was 10 weeks pregnant and very excited to hopefully hear the heartbeat of my baby with the Doppler. I had my 4 year old with me. My doctor who I loved dearly said “I can’t seem to get the heartbeat, it might be the position of the baby, you can either come back tomorrow and we will try again, or we can do an ultrasound to see the heartbeat”. I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep, worrying about why she couldn’t find the heartbeat so I immediately took the offer for an ultrasound. I went into another room with my four year old to have the ultrasound. As soon as the ultrasound technician begin looking I could tell something was wrong, but she wouldn’t tell me anything, she continued to look and take measurements, then said she needed the doctor to come look. When my doctor came in she asked if it would be alright for my 4 year old to wait with the receptionist while she talked to me. I said yes, and please tell me what is wrong.
My doctor said she was very sorry but my baby had severe abnormalities and would not have any quality of life. Then she said, we can schedule you for a D and C. Wait, does my baby have a heartbeat I asked? Yes she answered but quickly followed up with we think she has spina bifida. There was bulging on the spine at the base of the neck and other abnormalities.
I asked if she could please give me the number of a specialist that I could see. She was able to get me an appointment with a perinatologist at 8:00 am the next morning.
As soon as I left that appointment, I called my husband, who left work and met me at home, and then I called my priest, he came to our house that evening, and prayed with us. He shared with me that he had a special needs sibling, and that is one of the reasons he became a priest. He explained how her special needs changed their perspective, and what other people viewed as a burden, or hardship, his family drew closer and saw the love and joy that came from this special child. He said it is not easy, but God will put people in your life that will help you every step of the way. I will never forget those words, and it felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. It was no longer a decision I had to make, to terminate the pregnancy, but asking God to give me the wisdom to understand His will for this special Child, and to give me the strength to do His Will in caring for this Child.
The next morning we meet with the perinatologist who did the 3D ultrasound (This was a big deal 20 years ago). My child was diagnosed with Cystic Hygroma. She had a bulge at the base of her neck, that was filled with fluids, and I was told there could be facial deformities, and blocked airway, and that she could die in utero, or shortly after birth. The more news I got, the worst everything seem to be.
I had so much advise given to me from well meaning family and friends, many encouraged me to end the pregnancy. But I also heard so many “miracle stories”. And even with the special needs and challenges I heard hope from the moms that chose life.
Through out my pregnancy I saw the specialist who did repeated ultrasounds. More bad news, more complications, but at 16 weeks, the bulge began to get smaller. The doctor said they could not tell how much facial damage had been done.
On January 16, 1998 I gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby girl, not only could she breathe on her own, she scored a 10 on her Apgar!
Doctors don’t know everything, but God does. He has a plan and a purpose for each and every life he creates. It may not be our plan, it is a better plan, we can pray for the strength and courage to see His plan come to fruition. With God anything is possible. Don’t ever lose hope. Remember “God will put people in your life to help you every step of the way. “ Looking back over the last 20 years, that is the best advice anyone has ever given me. It’s so true, and I have been so blessed with wonderful, faith filled, hope filled friends, that have felt the presence and power of God in their lives, and help share truth when life gets difficult. Hope – its a beautiful thing!

Frozen “Children”- 9-year old me at a shower

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When I was 9 years old I was at a baby shower.  They had this game where there were plastic babies frozen in ice cubs and we all had to find a way to unfreeze them.  I ended up putting them under hot water and I won the competition.  Now I am not writing for bragging rights,;) wink! but I’m writing because it made me laugh as God brought to mind recently that He allowed me to learn about “frozen children” at a very young age. I just had to share.:)

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How to reach the world? How to make a pro life society? One doctor at a time!

How does one reach the OBGYN field, MFM and IVF fields who are for abortion?  As I admire and have joy that there are many pro life (truly 100%) OBGYNs and believers, my heart is consumed and giddy that women and their littles are treated well.  I stop for 1 second and can only focus on the OBGYNs that do love Jesus and see this perfect OBGYN community of doctors who make Him shine.  Yet I go back to the thought process of contemplating how He will reach all the other OBGYNs and not that I have wondered how but more so contemplating when it will all happen.

 

In my heart a dream that is not of my own has been to be able to talk with OBGYNs person to person or in a group setting about the issues in the OBGYN community with ACOG, IVF and much much much more even miscarriages and connections that may lead to abortion.  My spirit grieves for the field but I feel much hope.  All I want to do in this life is see Him take the passion that He has burst in my heart and share it with the medical field.  If I could have that, I would have the world in my hands.  The world lies in the hands of OBGYNs and that is why I say this.:) I would love to talk about how OBGYNs maybe could handle situations with a young girl who wants an abortion and talking through what to say etc.  I think that sometimes there are OBGYNS who LOVE JESUS A LOT but since ACOG never wants anything pro life talked about and the OBGYNs are in a secular world, they do not know about different things in the pro life world and I want to talk to them about that! How to make a pro life medical community and society? One doctor at a time!

I believe with all my heart that OBGYNs are the counselors and their office is a PRC.:) I think it is so important for the world to realize that if the medical field would use their gifting for respecting the dignity and sanctity of human life, the world would be a better place.  I feel like the pro life movement is like a house and in this movement there are many doors that pro lifers can walk through.  They can walk through the “teen pregnancy PRC” door, the “hard cases” door, the role as a PRC worker, exposing PP but the door that hasn’t been explored by many is the medical field.  I mean the OBGYNs to the IVF doctors to the MFMs.:) I feel that Jesus has led me to do this and I can’t contain my joy!

 

Keep SHINING His Light Dear OBGYNs who love Jesus!!!!!!:)