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Senate Democrats voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children who survive abortions

By Dave Andrusko

Last night, shortly after Senate pro-abortion Democrats did what they are programmed to do—defending infanticide (“fourth trimester abortion”)—pro-life President Donald Trump blasted them in two tweets reproduced below. In just four sentences the President cut through all the anti-life rationalizations trotted out on the floor of the Senate why it is perfectly okay not to treat babies who survive the best efforts of Planned Parenthood abortionists to kill them.

As a poll conducted earlier this month conclusively demonstrated, the 44 Senators who voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act are completely out of step with the public. A survey conducted by McLaughlin & Associate of 1,000 likely general election voters found that 77% agree that “a baby who survives a failed abortion would be given the same medical treatment as any other baby born prematurely at the same age.”

But the consciences of pro-abortion Democrats are so deadened to normal human empathy that they believe we owe nothing to a little baby who miraculously beats the odds. Make the baby “comfortable,” was the counsel January 30 of embattled Va. Gov. Ralph Northam. Anything beyond that was up to the mother who had okayed the death of her child and the abortionist who has been foiled in his best attempts to snuff out the child’s life.

But that’s not how President Trump sees it. “One of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress,” the President said. To anyone not in the grip of the Planned Parenthood/NARAL/EMILY’s List, that is self-evidently true. To those who take their marching orders from this unholy trio, it’s just another opportunity to prove there is nothing—nothing—they will condemn if opposition can somehow be converted into support for “reproductive rights.”

I was in the office last night when the Senate voted 53-44 to proceed with a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130) sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.). But on a near-straight party vote, pro-abortion Democrats blocked the bill from receiving the 60 votes necessary to move forward (“invoke cloture”).

Those Senate Democrats who have already signaled they are running for President in 2020 were there to thwart extending legal protection to babies who are born alive following an abortion: Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Bernie Sanders (VT), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Cory Booker (NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), and Kamala Harris (CA).

Remember those six names when they trot out their “sympathy” for every underdog but the most vulnerable, the most powerless, and the most defenseless of all: the unborn child. Remember as well House Democrats who are thwarting a vote on a House version by ruling that a request for unanimous consent to move forward is “out of order.”

We’re running excerpts from several of the pro-life statements made last night as well as an examination/critique of an Associated Press story so vile you almost want to avert your eyes.

Keep strong. Evil will not rule the day indefinitely.

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Doctors tell woman to abort, but her baby is born healthy

By Sarah Terzo

Linda Serrano, of Bakersfield, CA tells her story:

“I received a German measles shot two weeks before I got pregnant with my first child. I called three doctors, and none of them would accept me as a patient. They all wanted me to get an abortion. I went to a fourth doctor, and she also advised me to have an abortion, that my chance of having a healthy baby was 0%. When I told her no, she said, ‘Well then you will have a deformed baby, and you’d better tell your husband.’ I was in tears by this time. My husband said, ‘God loves all people the same. Then I asked God to have mercy on us, and heal my child. I told Jesus that if He didn’t, that would be okay, because I knew He would be in control. I would love my baby no matter what. “I’m very happy to say that my baby girl, Angela, is perfectly healthy! While the doctor was stitching me up, she said I still should have had an abortion!”

Melody Green, “The Questions Most People Ask About Abortion,” Last Days Ministries

Editor’s note. This appears at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.

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If it’s not a baby….

By Béatrice Fedor

Editor’s note: From “400 Words for Women”

Do pro-choicers who refuse to call an unborn baby a baby
always call a pregnant woman a gravida?
Do they say “she is with zygote“?
Have they ever been to a fetus shower;
or bought a gift from an embryo registry?



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Have you ordered your copies of “A Baby’s First Months” brochure?

“A Baby’s First Months” is a truly remarkable, full-color brochure which follows the development of the unborn child in utero from fertilization until birth. It documents the development milestones that occur during a baby’s first months of life, including the development of her fingers and toes, ears, and her capacity to feel pain. A must-have for every pro-lifer!

All pricing includes regular United States Postal Service (USPS) or ground shipping in the USA. There is a minimal order of 5 pamphlets.

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To view the video, visit www.nrlc.org/abortion/firstmonths.

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Later in life and unexpectedly pregnant

By Dave Andrusko

Recently I had a conversation with a woman I hadn’t seen for a long time and, out of the blue, she told me she was expecting. Like an increasing number of women these days, she was having her first child later in life. I don’t know whether she was seeing this news as a blessing or a burden, although I’m guessing the former.

Every time this happens, and it happens with surprising frequency, I think of some of the many posts I’ve written about women who become pregnant later–in some cases, much later–-in life. Who would have thought that even the late pro-life champion, Jean Garton, very much resented becoming pregnant at a time when she and her husband (and their three children) were scrapped for money.

But this was prior to Roe v. Wade and she (who was then 40) could not find a doctor to “terminate” her pregnancy. In her essay in Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly, Jean went on to explain how she joined an activist group “seeking to promote abortion-on-demand.”

I spent six months studying the abortion issue from numerous perspectives in an attempt to find confirmation that abortion, as its advocates claimed, helps women, doesn’t take a human life, and is a choice God allows us to make. I came out the other end of that exhaustive research with a changed heart and mind and with a commitment to be a voice in defense of the unseen, unheard, unborn child.

There are many other deeply personal reflections about which we’ve written. I particularly recall one, “I’m What? Accidentally pregnant at 42, I faced the hardest decision of my life,” that appeared at parenting.com

The title struck home for two reasons. My own mom, rest her soul, delivered my youngest brother when she was 40. My dad, an over-the-road truck driver, was gone and I drove mom to the hospital. To this day the experience remains as vivid as if it happened yesterday: while she was delivering James, I was working on a paper for an English composition class my freshman year in college!

The other reason is that in addition to Jean, there are two of the most pro-life women I know who have told me how conflicted (to put it politely) they were, torn (to be more candid) when they found out they were pregnant at 39 and 41 years old, respectively.

As I often tell my “pro-choice” friends who insist pro-lifers live in some parallel universe free of struggles and difficulties, we are just human beings, too. It’s what you do with those struggles and difficulties that counts.

All pro-lifers know from first-hand experience there are many, many instances where a pregnancy seems terribly ill-timed. We know the fear that a woman experiences, including the apprehension that she couldn’t be a “good mother” at that stage of her life. (Dads can—and do—feel exactly the same sense of inadequacy.) That is a perfectly understandably reaction.

The story written by “Nancy” does a wonderful job conveying the emotional ups and downs. She and her husband had adopted two children after their attempts to have their own biological children fail, and then, wham!

And even though 42 years old, she tells us her first response was denial summarized in four words.

“This cannot be happening.”

You look for clues in the narrative to figure out why Nancy reaches the decision she does. It’s off to an ominous start—the understandable worries about her age, her bouts of morning sickness, her sense that she’s never really been into little babies, that all this is simply too much!

Nancy describes herself as a religious person who

”believes that God has a plan, and it usually works out if we just ride with it. In rare moments I can imagine this will all be okay, that I’ll be able to handle three children and even like it. But most of the time I want to scream, What kind of sick joke is God playing on me? I’m a weary mother of two with a high-pressure job and a house that’s falling apart! I can’t raise another child.”

She wakes her husband up at three in the morning to discuss abortion.

“We talk for two hours, and the next morning we both feel relieved. Abortion, as awful as it is, feels like the right thing to do. Neither of us wants another child or feels equipped to deal with one, let alone what would be our first infant. More important, we both feel we have our family — these two girls are our babies, and we will never love anyone more. A biological child feels like an intrusion, a strange add-on to a beautiful family. The window of opportunity for more children is gone. We’re done.”

But she decides she has to know what she is getting herself into. “If I’m going to have an abortion, I have to learn something from the experience. I can’t just look at this pregnancy as a mistake”– a very revealing remark.

Nancy tells friends who she believes will support her decision [!] and finds that a surprising number have had abortions. While they do not say “don’t,” they are not cheerleaders on behalf of abortion, either.

What strikes you is how true to life this is—how so much of what Nancy feels reflects how good (or bad) she feels that particular day. After she has wrestles with going in for a “termination consultation,” she says

“I’m only 75 percent sure about my decision. The other 25 percent is terrified that I’ll never forgive myself for giving the baby up, that I’ll always wonder what it would have been like. I pray for some kind of resolution. I just want a sign. We need to move on.”

Don’t know if it qualifies as a “sign,” but as she walks her oldest daughter to kindergarten she realizes she feels better even though the nausea remains strong in the morning. “I think about another child and feel that the possibility might be there,” she writes. “After I drop her off, I end up walking all the way to work — a good 40 minutes — just to prolong the good vibe.”

The pivot in many ways may be that because of the conflicting emotions, she has put off her “termination consultation.” And the baby that four weeks before “looked like a grain of rice,” now (she is shocked to see) “has arms and a head.”

Nancy tells us, “I walk out into the sunshine and realize I’m having another child.”

The conclusion will tear you up, at least it did me.

“A week later I’m sorting through summer clothes and packing some up for charity. Roma keeps taking things out of the giveaway bag, and I get annoyed. ‘But Mom,’ she says, ‘We need to save these for the baby.’ John and I haven’t said a word to her, but she already knows.

“Everything is going to be okay. More than okay. Blessed? I think so.”

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Doctors pressure family to abort baby because of dwarfism, baby is born healthy

By Sarah Terzo

Frank Pedreira, MD, recalls the following:

“Denise, a 32-year-old woman with three children (Laura, Steven, and Stephanie) ranging in age from 2 – 7 years became pregnant for the fourth time. Her previous pregnancies were completely uneventful, and her three children were healthy, active, and bright. She and her husband were healthy and well.

Her pregnancy was proceeding normally until the sixth month when a “routine sonogram” was interpreted by her doctor as “compatible with dwarfism.” She was sent to a Metropolitan University Medical Center where she was examined and a repeat sonogram was ordered. The sonogram reconfirmed the findings of limb shortening suggestive of dwarfism. Additionally, a cardiac defect was diagnosed. Denise was told that abortion was an option she should consider.

She and her husband, Mark, both professed Christians, decided this was not an option and elected to have the baby… A baby boy was born at term after a spontaneous labor and remarkably easy delivery. The child was completely normal, without evidence of dwarfism or heart abnormality. His birth weight was 8 pounds, length 21 inches, and Apgar score 9/10. The parents named him John.

Presently, at age one year, John is growing, gaining and developing very well, without any evidence of defect or disease.”

Frank Pedreira, MD A Doctor’s Prescription for Life (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Sterling House, 1999) pps. 69 – 70

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.

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39 week pregnant wife uses CPR to save her husband, delivers their son shortly after husband awakes from coma

By Dave Andrusko

Photo: Courtesy CaringBridge

At 39 weeks, Ashley Goette knew she’d be making a visit soon to the hospital to deliver her son, Lennon. She couldn’t have known, however, that she’d be going there early because her husband, Andrew, had gone into cardiac arrest!

Ashley told CBS News’s Jeff Glor that on October 15th, she “noticed he was not snoring, he was gasping for air,” so she called 911. It turned out that Andrew was in full cardiac arrest.

“They wanted me to get him down to a hard surface but I explained to them I was pregnant,” she explained to Glor. Untrained in CPR and not knowing if she was up to it, Ashley was nonetheless able to administer CPR to her husband until the ambulance arrived. Andrew was then transported to United Hospital from the couple’s home in West St. Paul.

“I don’t think Andrew would be here today if it wasn’t for the actions of Ashley,” critical care physician Dr. Alex Teeters told local station KSTP. “Absolutely the number one thing is she recognized that there was a problem, and called for help.”

Beyond saving her husband’s life, the story has several additional wonderful twists.

First and foremost that having been deprived of oxygen, there was great concern that Andrew, 28, would suffer major brain damage.

Doctors immediately placed him in an induced coma to minimize the risks of brain injury. From Fox9’s Naomi Pescovitz’s excellent account we learn

“I didn’t want to have to think for one second about having to do any of this without him,” said Ashley. “I kept telling him the whole time he was asleep, or in his coma, that I was not going to have this baby until he woke up.”

Andrew woke up the next day.

“Libby [the nurse] grabbed him and said ‘Andrew, do you know you’re having a baby?’ And he went mhm. And she was like do you want to be there to be a part of your baby’s life? And he shook his head yes,” Ashley said.

The day after that Ashley was induced. The following day, Lennon Andrew Goette was born at 6 pounds 14 ounces.

Andrew was moved over from the ICU so he could lay beside his wife.

As it approached time for the planned C-Section, Ashley was moved to another room. The first person to hold their son was Andrew who had been watching it all on FaceTime.

“I’m still watching on my phone as they’re coming through the door,” Andrew told Pescovitz. “So that was pretty cool. And I was already standing there with my shirt off waiting for him, with all my electrodes still hanging off of me.”

“It could not have been more dramatic,” Ashley Goette told Pescovitz.

“Nothing’s been subtle about this guy so far,” Andrew Goette said.

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Carrie Underwood’s story of joy after three miscarriages

By Texas Right to Life

Carrie Underwood, who rose to stardom after winning the fourth season of American Idol, recently shared about her devastating experience of three consecutive miscarriages. Underwood married National Hockey League player Mike Fisher in 2010, and the couple welcomed son Isaiah in 2015.

Last month, Underwood announced in an Instagram video that she was expecting her second baby. Her latest album, “Cry Pretty,” was released in September, and Underwood said in the video that having a new album and a baby on the way was “a dream come true.”

Recently, Underwood shared more of the story and opened up to CBS Sunday Morning about the struggles behind her seemingly perfect life. Underwood told interviewer Tracy Smith, “I’d kind of planned that 2017 was, you know, going to be the year that I work on new music, and I have a baby. We got pregnant early 2017, and didn’t work out.” Underwood continued,

And that was the thing, in the beginning it was like, ‘Okay, God, we know this is, just wasn’t Your timing. And that is all right. We will bounce back and figure our way through it.’ And got pregnant again in the spring, and it didn’t work out.

Got pregnant again, early 2018. Didn’t work out. So, at that point, it was just kind of like, ‘Okay, like, what’s the deal? What is all of this?’

Three consecutive miscarriages and the loss of three preborn babies left Underwood devastated. Writing for Live Action, Nancy Flanders notes, “Many women who suffer recurrent miscarriages believe they will never carry a baby to term again.” Miscarriages are much more common than most people realize, with the tragedy affecting about 10-20% of pregnant mothers.

Flanders explains, “About five percent of women suffer from two miscarriages, and only one percent suffer three or more. While each is a significant loss, multiple miscarriages can cause depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.”

The agonizing experience of so many tragedies took place while Underwood continued to work, making public appearances and interviews while hiding her pain. This difficulty of that time inspired Underwood’s writing and appears in lyrics to the title track of her new album.

Later in 2018, Underwood became pregnant again and assumed she would suffer yet another tragic loss. But, Underwood says, God answered her prayers. In an interview, she said,

And for the first time, I feel like I actually told God how I felt. And I feel, like, we’re supposed to do that. That was like a Saturday – and the Monday I went to the doctor to, like, confirm, another miscarriage. And they told me everything was great!

And I was like, ‘You heard me.’ Not that He hasn’t in the past. But maybe, I don’t know, He heard me.

Underwood’s courageous sharing of her painful journey has inspired others. Fellow-American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson praised Underwood for sharing her story, saying that talking about miscarriage “makes women that feel inferior, or feel like something’s wrong with them, it makes them feel comfortable, and that that people go through it.”

Fans have greeted news of Underwood’s current pregnancy with joy. An appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon took a surprisingly Pro-Life turn. Fallon announced after discussing Underwood’s upcoming album, “I think even bigger, cooler news — there’s a new baby on the way!” Fallon then talked to Underwood’s pregnant belly, saying, “Hi baby, it’s Jimmy. How are you?” excitedly to audience cheers.

When women share their stories of miscarriage and pregnancy, there is no denying the humanity of the preborn. Mothers deserve support in grieving children they have lost and deserve support in their joy when expecting a baby. Congratulations to Underwood on her growing family. Sharing her story so vulnerably is a testament to the sanctity of human Life.

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Mom wakes up from coma after baby boy is delivered

“The baby and the mother had become each other’s savior”

By Dave Andrusko

Betina and her son Elvin. Betina was in a coma virtually her entire pregnancy.

Doctors in Kottayam, India, were left speechless—and understandably so. Last January, a woman described only as Betina had arrived at Caritas Hospital “half dead” after a nasty fall left her with a severe brain injury.

“The rate of her heart beat plunged to just 23% and she couldn’t breathe in oxygen as her lungs were swollen,” reported A.S. Ullas of the Indian news site Manorama Online. She was in a coma.

And if those weren’t enough complications ,no sooner had doctors told the family they could not do anything more than her husband, Anoop, told Dr. Vivek of the emergency medical department that his wife was pregnant!

The medical team sprung into action but were unable to stabilize Betina’s condition. According to Ullas, given the strong medicines Betina was on and the baby’s low heartbeat, they doubted her nine-week-old unborn baby boy would survive. An abortion was planned and Betina was moved to Kottayam Medical College.

“The doctors at the medical college, however, said the foetus would be aborted naturally, and a medical procedure could put the mother’s life at further risk,” Ullas reported.

“But God had some other plans for Betina and her unborn child.”

By the time of her scan at 11 weeks, Betina “had contracted severe infections many times,” Ullas reported. But miraculously, through all this, the baby had grown normally and his heartbeat had increased significantly.

A month and a half later Betina, still in a coma, was moved to a hospital room. “Now the doctors were not only hopefully about Betina’s life but also confident about the life in her womb.”

There were more complications, Ullas reported—at one point, the baby’s right hand was not found during a scanning—and again the issue of an abortion was raised.

But in a subsequent scan, “both the hands of the fetus were clearly visible and the doctors realized that this baby was meant to be born.” The head of the neonatology department told doctors to take care of the Betina and her baby “for three more weeks,” Ullas reported, “and assured that he would take care of the rest.”

Betina’s baby boy (later christened Elvin) was delivered at 37 week on June 14. And then an even more miraculous development.

“Hearing the soft little cries of her newborn child, there was a slight movement in Betina’s eyes. When the baby was laid beside her, Betina’s eyes were filled with tears and [she] tried to move her hands to touch her child. After two weeks of medical observation in the neonatal ward, baby Elvin was shifted to his mother’s room. The cries and laughs of the baby became Betina’s medicine.

“Doctors were surpassed to see that Betina’s condition was improving significantly and that the baby and the mother had become each other’s savior. Betina can now move her hand and places her fingers on her baby as if she is trying to hold him closer.”

Ullas concludes this lovely story on the day of Elvin’s baptism. (Elvin means “beloved friend.”) Betina

“was made to sit in a wheel chair for the first time. When baby Elvin was placed on her lap, she smiled and touched him with all the love of a mother.”

Tip of the cap to Life News.

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Saving Precious Lives–Online!

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

When the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade back in 1973, the Justices had limited knowledge of the development of the preborn child. In the decades since then, technology has revolutionized the abortion debate. With the advent of 4D Ultrasound, mothers can view their babies smiling and somersaulting in the womb.

Technology has also proven to be an incredible gift to the pro-life movement.

Parents routinely share ultrasounds of their preborn children on Facebook. On Twitter, pro-lifers can share the latest research about abortion and euthanasia with lightening speed.

Those who attend the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. can post pictures and videos on Instagram for all their followers to see. On Pinterest, those with a heart for the pro-life cause can instantaneously share breathtaking photos of a baby growing in her mother’s womb. And on LinkedIn, savvy pro-lifers can post point-by-point refutations of pro-abortion arguments in a manner that is not only persuasive, but also winsome.

Some of the dedicated pro-lifers I know have compiled large email lists of like-minded people, allowing them to share breaking news which affects preborn children, their mothers, fathers, and grandparents, the frail elderly, and people with disabilities.

National Right to Life [for example, at www.facebook.com/nationalrighttolife and twitter.com/nrlc] and its affiliates have a strong presence on social media. While a number of analysts decry the negativity on various Internet platforms, pro-lifers are a positive force, educating people with the best high-tech tools at their disposal.

So while you’re scrolling through your Facebook or Twitter feed today, why not take a few moments to post a helpful pro-life article (This article may be a start!).

Just one post can save a precious life!

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