Couple chooses life for dying baby, donates her organs

Bishop Kevin Vann from the diocese of Orange in California, telling the story of a couple whose baby, Rylei was diagnosed with severe disabilities in the womb:

“Given the choice to abort, the parents, Krysta and Derek, decided instead that their daughter Rylei should be born and that her organs would be donated upon her natural death. She lived for only a few days. But she transformed the lives of her parents – who were forever changed by knowing her – and the lives of all the infants who received her donated organs, not to mention their families, friends and so on.

These infants will go on to have lives like the rest of us, full of dreams and joys among the disappointments and sadness. Such is the human experience… But all of this is made possible because of the life of this one child who only lived for a few days outside her mother’s womb.”

Rick Garrett The Duping of America (Maitland, Florida: Liberty Hill Press, 2021) 134 – 135

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Parents of surgeon born with club foot are horrified late-term abortions are done for that reason

The parent of a child who was born with a club foot and is now a surgeon wrote a letter to the editor to express their shock at laws in England allowing abortion up to birth for the condition:

“We were surprised to see that club foot (talipes) was mentioned in connection with late abortions…

Our son was born with severe talipes in 1979. He was described as handicapped and mixed race when we adopted him as a baby…

His legs are still thin, but his mobility has been only slightly limited. His two children do not have the condition.

We suspect that because of his childhood experience he was determined to be a surgeon, an ambition that he has achieved: he is now a very successful senior consultant surgeon in Australia. Thank goodness his birth mother did not opt for a termination.”

Dr and Mrs C Mackay “Late abortion could have claimed our brilliant boy” The Times July 11 2021

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Severely disabled child had life “full of joy”

Pro-life activist and abortion survivor Claire Culwell wrote about a little girl she took care of who had severe disabilities.

In her book, Culwell wrote about four-year-old Riley–Jane and her mother Gayle. She says of Riley – Jane:

“… Her muscles didn’t function normally; her bones were soft; she had a tracheotomy; she was on oxygen and had a feeding tube.

Gayle said that the doctors didn’t think she could experience a good quality of life. However, despite all her challenges, Riley-Jane’s life seemed full of joy. Her parents wanted to nurture that apparent joyfulness and enable her to live as well as she could. They decided to ask me to be her caregiver as much as my schedule would allow. I was eager to help. Riley- Jane could do nothing for herself. I fed her, bathed her, dressed her, and just tried to help her feel loved and accepted.

Right away I saw the joy that her mother had talked about. As I rocked Riley- Jane, she would grin up at me, communicating without needing to say one word. I wasn’t sure whether she could really see me, but something inside Riley- Jane generated a spirit of happiness that was awe-inspiring. Her vulnerability and trust fulfilled and blessed me more than I could have ever imagined. I saw beauty that radiated from her soul, surpassing the usual physical definition of beauty.

Riley- Jane passed away a few years ago. It wasn’t surprising to see so many people who had been touched by her life – and the lives of her parents – gathered to celebrate her… Her quality of life here on earth defied what the doctors had said, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been blessed by Riley- Jane.”

Claire Culwell, Lois and Steve Rabey Survivor: An Abortion Survivor’s Surprising Story of Choosing Forgiveness and Finding Redemption (WaterBrook, 2021) 35 – 36

All human life is valuable, even lives lived with a severe disability.

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Tests to detect down syndrome lead to two miscarriages for every three Down syndrome babies aborted

An article in The Telegraph said the following:

“Two healthy babies are miscarried for every three Down’s Syndrome babies that are detected and prevented from being born, research has suggested.

The losses are down to the invasive methods used to test for the condition…

The NHS [National Health Service] cites a miscarriage rate of between one and two per cent following the tests, but the researchers, from the charity Down’s Syndrome Education International, point out that only the number of Down’s babies terminated, miscarried or born are recorded, not the number of healthy babies lost….

Although they admit that their ratio is only an estimate, they are backed by a number of independent experts who fear inexperienced practitioners may also be to blame.”

The article also said:

“Professor Kypros Nicolaides, head of the Harris Birthright Centre at King’s College Hospital in south London, said the loss of healthy babies was “completely unacceptable.”

The deaths of babies with Down syndrome through abortion, however, are perfectly acceptable to this doctor.

Aislinn Simpson “Two healthy babies miscarried for every three Down’s Sydrome babies detectedThe Telegraph 16 September 2008

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Disability rights activist speaks out against aborting disabled babies

Disabled woman and activist Marsha Saxton:

“The message at the heart of widespread selective abortion on the basis of prenatal diagnosis is the greatest insult: some of us are “too flawed” in our very DNA to exist; we are unworthy of being born… Fighting for this issue, our right and worthiness to be born, is the fundamental challenge to disability oppression; it underpins our most basic claim to justice and equality – we are indeed worthy of being born, worth the help and expense, and we know it!”

Marsha Saxton “Disability Rights and Selective Abortion” Ricky Solinger, ed. Abortion Wars: A Half Century of Struggle, 1950 – 2000 (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University Of California Press, 1997) 391

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Mother of two children with down syndrome: “it’s a beautiful journey”

Ashley Engele, a mom of two whose oldest child has Down syndrome, found out that she was pregnant with her third baby, who also had downs. She chose life. Her first child,  Rilynn, is now 4 1/2 years old:

“Rilynn is just like any other precocious 4-year-old girl. She goes to preschool, loves Trolls, Barbie dolls and her “typical” younger sister. They are best friends, they love each other fiercely, and also have the classic sibling rivalry. We fight over what outfit she’s going to wear, or how she’s going to wear her hair for the day. Most of all, she loves other kids and babies. ….

We know how when we’re having a bad day, one smile from Rilynn can completely turn it around.

We know the extra-squishy hugs that turn our hearts into mush.

We know that when her cute little hands reach out and touch your cheek, you instantly feel better.

We know how she is changing the perception of those with Down syndrome, one person at a time.

If you’ve ever met our daughter, you know she doesn’t lack personality. She can make even the grumpiest or angriest people smile and win their hearts over in an instant.

You see, Down syndrome has shown us a whole new world, a whole new deeper level of love, compassion, and patience.”

After her third child was diagnosed in utero:

“Down syndrome is a beautiful journey we had never planned on, but would never dream of leaving because we know what it’s like. We treasure our experiences at face value, we slow down and enjoy the little moments in life, we celebrate every single milestone (big or small), and most of all, we celebrate life, because our lives are better with Down syndrome in it.”

ASHLEY ENGELE “Woman expecting 2nd baby with Down syndrome opens up about her experience” ABC News Oct 30, 2017

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Woman pressured into aborting baby with down syndrome has regrets

Marie Ideson was 16 weeks pregnant when she found out her baby had Down syndrome. Ideson originally wanted to keep her baby. She recounts hearing the news:

A woman said, “I’m sorry to say your baby has Down.” It was devastating. My first thought was, how will we cope?

I told Allan [her husband] I wanted to keep the baby and he agreed.

But Ideson was about to experience intense pressure to abort. She had hoped that the doctor she was seeing would support the decision to keep the baby. Instead:

… doctors said she could be born needing emergency heart surgery and have bowel and muscle tone problems – and that was if she survived. At no time did anyone suggest we might keep our baby. A termination was presented as the only way forward.

A nurse said not aborting my baby would cause it to suffer, and she’d only become a burden on society if I went ahead. She even said, “99 per cent of women in your situation wouldn’t want the baby.” Having it would be a burden on our other children, too, she said, especially if it was likely to need many operations throughout its life.

Our children were at the hospital with us. I looked at them and thought the medical staff must be right.

She gave in to pressure to abort. She swallowed the tablet that would kill her child:

I felt numb as I swallowed the tablet. I remember saying to Allan, “I just want to keep my baby.” But he just kept saying, “But they must think the baby’s really bad, Marie – it’s for the best.”

It wasn’t until Ideson delivered her stillborn baby girl that she was faced with the horror of what she had done:

She was so small, but otherwise perfect. I started sobbing uncontrollably. What had I done? I realized I’d been bullied into taking that first pill. I felt overwhelmed by anger. I should’ve been sent home to think about all the options. It should’ve been pointed out that having my baby was an option and that, with medical advances, most Down babies go on to live happy lives.

Ideson named her child Lillie and mourned deeply for her. She said:

I was bullied into going ahead with an abortion…I only wish I could turn back the clock. I think of the daughter I never had every day. I’ll always regret it.

Ideson came to resent her husband for encouraging her to abort, and the abortion eventually tore apart their marriage.

I knew he was devastated, too, but I was angry he’d allowed staff to rush me into getting rid of her. The feeling he didn’t support me when I needed him most festered between us.

The final straw came when I was in labor with Reuben [her next baby]. We were at home and the midwives wanted me to go to the hospital, but I told them I couldn’t go back to where I’d terminated Lillie. Allan tried to persuade me to go and, in the end, I had no choice. I felt, again, Allan hadn’t spoken up for me when I was at my most vulnerable. I couldn’t find it in my heart to forgive him.

The marriage did not survive. Ideson says:

My eldest sons are 25 now. When I was pregnant with them, I knew of women who had babies with Down syndrome. Today, I never see mums with Down babies. I can’t believe that everyone who finds out their baby has Down syndrome willingly chooses to abort it. I can’t help feeling that other women must be having abortions they don’t want.

Alison Squire Smith “I was bullied into aborting my baby'” Herald Sun December 4, 2011

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Pro-Choicer: People with “bad genes” shouldn’t have kids

Taslima Nasreen, a pro-abortion feminist, tweeted:

“Men and women who have bad genes with genetic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cancer etc should not produce children. They have no right to make others suffer.”

Another tweet  by Nasreen:

“I love food. I love fish and meat and sweets. But i have to be a vegan in order to reduce the risk of early death. I got bad genes from my parents.”

Cassy Fiano-Chesser “Pro-abortion feminist echoes Planned Parenthood founder: People with ‘bad genes’ shouldn’t reproduceLive Action News June 20, 2019

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She would have had an abortion, but now she is grateful for her baby with down syndrome

Sherrill Rechner found out her son had down syndrome after he was born, and was angry she hadn’t had a chance to abort him:

“The geneticist calls. No, I don’t want to speak to her. I am furious with her, with all the doctors who caused this mess. They signed a paper saying my AFP results were normal. The perinatologist told us it was just his heart that had a problem, and that we didn’t need an amnio done.

You didn’t give me any options. I want to scream. Now you can’t make it better and you can’t make it go away.”

Two months  later she wrote:

“My son is nestled comfortably in my arms. He is watching me as I watch him. I can’t imagine not having him here with me. Tears come at the very thought; my heart feels like it will explode… He will never understand the impact he has made on us. He will only feel comfort and love. He reaches for my face and a tear runs down his finger. These are tears of love for you. I need you to know that, my dear.

The geneticist saved his life – I realize that now. She had eased my fears about my risk factor for down syndrome. She led me to believe an amnio wasn’t necessary. She saved his life. I must let her know how these events have changed me. I may never have known this life, his life.”

Kathryn Lynard Soper Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives (Bethesda, Maryland: Woodbine House, 2007) 179, 180

Thank you.”

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Pregnant mother given little information about down syndrome

Dee Bird was told her baby had Down syndrome and that she only had a 1% chance of surviving until birth. Abortion was suggested, but Bird decided to have her daughter Amellia. She says:

“As long as Amellia is healthy and strong, she was showing me that she was putting up a fight, to beat those odds, then I wasn’t going to take that away from her.”

Bird says doctors gave her very little support when she decided to carry to term:

“The midwife I was talking to, she was able to give me this folder, like a little binder folder… and another pamphlet on two organizations that deal with pregnancy loss and they help out with funerals, and it’s got all the planning, so I had all the information possible if she didn’t make it, but they weren’t even able to refer me to Down Syndrome Victoria. Everything was worst case scenario and I think that was the hardest thing to deal with.”

Australian show Lateline with Barbara Miller,  22 Nov 2016,

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