Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Every Life is a Blessing

The following video is a story of one of God's children. It is a story that shows that all of God's children are precious no matter what. We are all valued. We all have a purpose in life. Many times we touch other's lives without realizing it. God loves every one of us. I found this video from a blog named La Vite e'Bella when I was browsing around on the internet.

Eliot had what is called Trisomy 18 (or Edward's Syndrome). What causes Trisomy 18 is a genetic defect that causes a child to be born with multiple medical difficulties such as heart defects, kidney problems, part of the intestines protruding outside of the body, delayed growth, small jaw and head, among others. (1) Eliot lived a blessed life and touched the hearts of many people. Today, Eliot touched my heart.

Statistics show that many Trisomy 18 children are born dead (stillbirth) and many others die during or shortly after birth. Still, there are some who have the genetic condition that live into their 20's and 30's. (2) Does this mean that we not value these lives?

People that advocate for abortion for fetuses diagnosed with Down Syndrome certainly would not mind advocating for abortion in this case either. Even today's medical establishment commonly suggests abortion for fetuses with defects. In one of my nursing textbooks it states "The most common reason for undergoing amniocentesis is to determine if there is a fetal abnormality so that the pregnancy might be ended (elective abortion) before the age of viability." (3) Research of law and actual abortion practice will yield that abortion is legal during all nine months of pregnancy. Clinics will most often limit the abortions that they will do and/or advertise, however. In my own Yellow Pages an abortion clinic named Family Planning Associates advertises abortions up to 22 weeks gestation at which time the fetus can then be realistically considered viable.

Fetus at 24 weeks of development (4)

Every life is a blessing and deserves to be protected. These is no distinguishable line to determine person-hood other than at conception. Thus, life must be protected from conception until natural death.

Those who support legalized abortion will dehumanize the unborn and will use language to express this. Do the research yourself and do so with the intention of wanting to love and care for all human beings in this world.

"Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'" Matthew 19:14

1. Trisomy 18 Foundation, What Is Trisomy 18?, 2008. Accessed November 15, 2008.

2. eMedicine, Trisomy 18, August 8, 2007. Accessed November 25, 2008.

3. Klossner, N and Hatfield, Nancy. Introductory Maternity and Pediatric Nursing. Page 442, 107. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2006.

4. Medline Plus, Fetal Development, October 19, 2007. Accessed November 25, 2008.

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