Woman with German measles refuses abortion, has healthy baby

Joanne Dieleman, a Canadian pro-lifer, was pregnant when she contracted German measles. A book tells her story:

“In 1970, Joanne faced a surprising test for what it is to be pro-life. While expecting her fifth child, she contracted German measles. A Dutch midwife, she understood too well the implications; so she went to her female physician who ordered her to hospital the next day. Expecting a battery of tests, Joanne discovered she was scheduled for an abortion. She walked out. Returning to her physician, she cunningly asked, “Will we be able to see if the baby is handicapped when he or she is born?” The physician answered a reassuring, “Yes.” So Joanne suggested “Well, let’s wait then until after the birth to kill him or her.” Abruptly the discussion ended. Later, her baby, Albert, was born healthy and normal. He is now 18 and six foot three.”

Ken Campbell Five Years Rescuing at the Gates of Hell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Coronation Publications 1990) 57 – 58

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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