Sunday, February 7, 2016

Peyton Manning Was Born With a Cleft Lip, Tragically Some Babies With Cleft Lips are Aborted


By Emily Derois

Today parents are sometimes pressured to abort simply because their unborn child has a cleft lip, a correctable condition. Physicians categorize it as a disability. Yet a surprising number of successful individuals were born with cleft lips. Among them is Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Manning’s success story shows that his cleft lip did not hinder him at all. Because his parents chose life, Manning was able to grow and pursue his dreams in football. This week, he and his team will play in the biggest American sports game of the year — the 2016 Super Bowl. Manning is not only well known as a successful quarterback, but also as a faithful Christian, husband and father.

Many babies born with this condition aren’t given the chance Manning’s parents gave him. Instead, they are aborted or left to die. According to a 2013 article in The Telegraph, “More than 10 times as many abortions take place for cleft lip than are recorded in the Department Health statistics.” Because even a child with a cleft lip is viewed as less than perfect in our society, physicians often suggest abortion.

One startling case occurred in 1997 when the Petersons welcomed a son into the world. Aidan Peterson was born with a cleft lip, and doctors told his parents to abandon him at the hospital. In a previous article, LifeNews reported about the Petersons’ experience:

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