Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fetal Surgery: Hope for Families and the Patient in Utero

From Chuck Donovan
President, Charlotte Lozier Institute

NOTE: Below is the most recent blog from the Charlotte Lozier Institute on the topic of fetal surgery and its role in offering hope to families. I especially wanted to send you this information to arm you with hope, as you can be sure you’ll hear more from legal abortion advocates who exploit cases of an unexpected prenatal diagnosis to justify late-term abortion.

One terrible expression of this sentiment appeared in Slate the other day in a commentary on an Indiana bill that, if passed, would prohibit sex and disability selective abortions. It read, “No one is well served when children with disabilities are forced on families that know they don’t have the emotional or financial resources to help them.” The obligation to help other vulnerable human beings is no matter of force, and we are reminded of instances, including one recently in Northern Virginia, where hundreds of families volunteered to adopt a child with Down Syndrome whose parents were contemplating abortion.

Instead of resorting to a lethal outcome, may we work selflessly to surround these families with the love and support – both emotional and financial – they need.

Please feel free to share this with family and friends. We remain grateful for your support of our mission to promote deeper understanding of the value of every human life.

by Genevieve Plaster

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. In the United States, about 120,000 babies each year have a congenital anomaly, otherwise known as a birth defect, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That is, about one in every 33 babies is diagnosed either prenatally or after birth with a health problem or physical abnormality that varies in degree of severity. Severe birth defects account for the death of one out of every five infants, making it the leading cause of infant mortality.

For parents who receive the heartrending news that their unborn child has a severe or life-threatening fetal anomaly, fetal surgery – surgery performed on a child in the womb – is one option that offers hope.

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