It's Time to End Abortion
As people celebrate the royal baby's birth, we encourage everyone to celebrate the birth of every baby....including babies
with special needs. Every baby is a gift from God; life is a gift.
People with perceived disabilities enable
us to see glimmers of God's love. People with special needs like Down syndrome are gifted with unique abilities to display
uninhibited love, joy, and faith in Jesus. They see the beauty in life and in others and they give love unconditionally.
all that said, it is a horrifying fact that the abortion rate of Down syndrome babies is over 90%. Yes, you read that correctly.
The fact that over 90% of expectant mothers who are told that their unborn child carries the high risk of Down syndrome choose
to abort the baby should make us all shudder. The devaluation of human life and human dignity is astounding. Abortion is literally
genocide of the unborn and it must stop!
We're thankful for the many pro-life organizations who are
speaking up for unborn with special needs and who are fighting hard to end abortion. Public figures like Sarah Palin and Rick
Santorum (who have special needs children of their own) are also fighting hard for life.
When someone aborts
a Down syndrome baby, they miss out on an angel on earth. How tragic! Encourage all your family and friends to let their doctors
know that you believe it's time to stop automatically suggesting abortion when a baby is prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome.
with Down syndrome are blessing all through life -from childhood through their adult years. For example, here's a video about
a beautiful lady named Robin, who is in her fifties and who has Down syndrome. Enjoy this inspirational video about Robin
and learn about the great impact her life has made on others: http://www.joniandfriends.org/television/when-robin-prays/
This edition of Unite the USA is filled with helpful information, action points to stop abortion,
and articles by Dr. Albert Mohler and Maura Butler. Perhaps someone will choose life as a result of this edition of Unite
the USA; that is our prayer.
God bless you,
Carrie Stoelting and Stacie Stoelting
of Unite the USA
America Loves Trig
most of you know, we recently founded a FaceBook fan page for Trig Palin. Over 27,000 have already joined to show support
for Trig and all people with Down syndrome and special needs. It's a place for Americans to show their love and support for
Trig and all people who have special needs. (Here is the link to the page: www.facebook.com/trigpalinisagift.)
Meanwhile, don't you thank God that the Palin's chose life?!
|Will Babies with Down Syndrome Just Disappear?|
By Dr. Albert Mohler The development of prenatal diagnostic technologies presents a constellation of moral issues -- with the diagnosis
of Down syndrome front and center. Over the past several years, a marked decrease in the number of babies born with Down
syndrome has been both observed and widely reported. This decrease can be traced directly to the decision to abort after
As Science Daily reports, a new leading article to be published in Archives of Disease in Childhood
points to developments in the near future that will likely increase the diagnosis of Down syndrome [DS] during
pregnancy. "New tests expected to be introduced next year will offer a simple blood test that poses no risk
to the fetus and delivers a definitive diagnosis of one of more of the genetic variants of Down syndrome -- trisomy 21,
translocation, or mosaicism," the journal reported.
The development of these new tests will almost surely
make the practice of prenatal screening for Down syndrome more widespread. At present, the
available tests pose some risk to the fetus and are invasive. The new tests expected next year are based on simple blood
The new research is based on work by Dr. Brian Skotko, a clinical genetics fellow at Children's Hospital Boston.
Skotko, who has a sister with Down syndrome, asks this haunting question: "As new tests become available, will babies
with Down syndrome slowly disappear?"
His research reveals deeply troubling trends. Between 1989 and 2005, births
of babies with Down syndrome decreased by 15 percent. As Science Daily explains, "In the absence of prenatal
testing, researchers would have expected the opposite -- a 34 percent increase in births -- due to the trend of women
waiting longer to have children; known to increase the chances of having a baby with Down syndrome."
In an article
published in 2005, Skotko argued that doctors are often ill-prepared to discuss the diagnosis of Down syndrome with their
pregnant patients. Chillingly, he also revealed that a significant percentage of the doctors "reported that they 'emphasize'
the negative aspects of DS so that patients would favor a termination."
With the new technologies of prenatal
diagnosis so close on the horizon, Skotko now sees a "true collision" on its way. "More women will be going
through the testing process, which could lead to a lot of difficult, uncomfortable conversations between physicians and
The reason for the decrease in the number of babies born with Down syndrome comes into clearer
focus when The Washington Post cites Skotko's research indicating that 92 percent of women who learn they are carrying a
baby with Down syndrome choose to abort the pregnancy. That is more than nine out of ten.
The dimensions of the "collision" Dr. Skotko sees coming now come into
view. If these percentages hold, the development of these new tests will almost certainly lead to a vast increase in the
number of babies aborted after the diagnosis of Down syndrome.
This presents a grave moral challenge to the medical
community -- and to the society at large. Medical care is a social good for which the entire society is responsible. The
development of prenatal diagnostic technologies and procedures brings a moral crisis right to our doorsteps -- and our hearts.
Will we see people with Down syndrome simply disappear?
In his 2005 article, published in the American Journal of
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Skotko explained that prenatal testing for Down syndrome presents expectant parents with
a simple choice -- continue the pregnancy or abort. He continued:
Knowing this, health care
providers have historically operated under the assumption that if a woman consents to prenatal screening or diagnosing,
she must believe that having a child with DS would be an undesired outcome and wish to terminate her pregnancy if such a
diagnosis were made prenatally."
Expectant parents should read that sentence over and over again, and so should
those who counsel them.
As Dr. Skotko understands all too well, this moral crisis is not limited to babies with Down
syndrome. He asks: "Should expectant parents be able to select out fetuses with an undesired sex? Should fetuses with
genes that predispose them to adult breast cancer be prenatally identified? Should couples in the future be supported if they wish to terminate fetuses with genes correlated
with sexual preferences?"
The fact that 92 percent of women who are told that their unborn child carries the
high risk of Down syndrome choose to abort the baby should shock us all.
What does that say about our devaluation of
human life and human dignity? This can only mean that these women see a child with Down syndrome as not worth having --
and the baby as a life not worth living.
Dr. Skotko points to the new tests just around the corner and sees a collision
coming. Given his important research, we had better see a moral crisis looming. The Culture of Death is gaining momentum
before our eyes. Who will be next in line to be considered unworthy of life?
90% of Down Syndrome Children Aborted, Survivors Bring Joy
By Maura Butler
There is an ugly statistic made well known by none other than The New York Times from a 2007 article; 90 percent of all pregnancies where the unborn child is given a diagnosis of Down Syndrome end in abortion.
Can you wrap your head around that? 9 in 10; 90 in 100 - that is a lot of life snuffed out because
of the possibility of one pesky extra chromosome.
Have you ever met a child with Down Syndrome or with other special
needs? I have met plenty of them. If fact, one of my own children has special needs. We say she may be delayed
at most things, but she's very advanced at loving.
I'm not going to paint a rosy picture and say it's all sunshine and
smiles being the parent of a child with special needs. There are extra trials and days you wonder if you'll be able to keep your head while you heart feels like it's breaking.
My husband and I explain it to our other young children that their sister needs extra help, more help than most kids her age.
Sometimes it's not easy being a sibling of a child with special needs. But none of us could ever imagine our life without
her, without her smile, her laughter, her hugs and (extra wet) kisses.
That's why that statistic causes me to shudder.
How many beautiful children meant for this world have been killed because some test didn't come back perfect? How many
smiles and hugs has the world lost because this little life wasn't given the chance to take a breath and change minds, hearts
and lives? Here's a newsflash: none of us is perfect; some of us just have more visible crosses than others.
are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary."
Pope Benedict XVI said this a few years ago, and I have since had conversations with other parents who have children with
special needs about the last part: necessary. These kids who have extra struggles, extra pain, need extra help, are
necessary. Many a lesson can be learned from them: selflessness, humility, sacrifice, joy, triumph.
struggles lead to greater triumphs. The first time she independently got that morsel of food to her mouth or was able
to sit up for a few minutes without assistance, joy welled up inside of me far exceeding that of my other kids reaching appropriate developmental milestones. Parents
are not the only ones who feel this way. Siblings share in the extra joy too mushrooming into an exponential effect
for the whole family.
Daily, my daughter teaches me these things and more. In fact, for the time being, I'll be
taking a break from this column and a professional break from the front lines in the fight to build a culture of Life so her
lessons sink in more deeply. I thought I needed to go out into the world to help build a culture of Life, but lo and
behold a daily building will occur in menial tasks with the potential for monumental triumphs. Families with children
who need extra help do this every day and are a testament to the world that each life matters, including, and perhaps especially,
the special ones.
In God We Still Trust
America is facing numerous unprecedented moral challenges. Clearly, our country needs to turn to Christ. Listen
to "In God We Still Trust" for inspiration to keep "fighting the good fight".
|Listen to Carrie & Stacie sing In God We Still Trust!|
In Loving Memory of
Col. Bud Day
We are deeply saddened to learn that Col. George "Bud" Day passed away. A native from
Sioux City, Iowa, he was a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and Command Pilot who served during the Vietnam War. His years of
service include five years and... seven months as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. He was the most decorated
U.S. service member since General Douglas MacArthur. Col. Day received some seventy decorations, a majority for actions in
combat. In addition, Col. Day was a recipient of the Medal of Honor and the Air Force Cross.
Yes, Col. Day was
a remarkable man and one of America's greatest heroes. He will be missed very much and his passing will be long felt. We had
the great honor of meeting him - an experience we will always treasure. Col. Day deeply loved his country and freedom. He
solidly believed in the U.S. Constitution and freedom. But Col. Day was the first to tell you that complete freedom comes
from knowing Jesus Christ Who set us free from sin and death. In honor of Col. Day, we are sharing John 3:16-17, verses he
would want everyone to take to heart: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in
him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order
that the world might be saved through him." Don't put it off. Make sure that you know Jesus personally, too. Click here
to learn more: http://peacewithgod.jesus.net/
Col. Day knew Jesus as his Savior and Lord and we know the he's alive in heaven with Him right now. May the Lord
comfort his family as they miss Col. Day.
Carrie and Stacie
Action Points to Save Babies from Abortion
1. If you are pregnant
and need help, please call CareNet
1-800-395-HELP. Remember... God loves you and your baby too!
2. Keith and Melody
Green's ministry (Last Days Ministries) has an excellent pro-life section on the web site.
Please click here
to learn about abortion and what you can do.
3. Talk to your kids and grandkids about the
sanctity of life. Public schools, colleges, and universities are constantly teaching that
abortion is OK. The kids in your life need your support to keep them focused on the value
of life and the reasons why abortion is wrong.
Contact your Congressmen and state legislators and urge them support anti-abortion legislation.
Click here to find your state legislators. Click here to find contact information for your Congressmen.
6. Write letters to the editor.
Make your voice heard about your pro-life position. Explain why abortion is wrong.
for pro-life candidates. Research and support proven anti-abortion candidates.
Help elect pro-life men and women to office.
8. Pray for
our politicians and that Roe v. Wade will be repealed. Pray for the mothers whose hearts were broken by abortion.
Pray for families whose tables are not as full as a result of abortion. Prayer is powerful!
Support ministries and organizations that are bravely fighting to stop abortion and to
protect all life. Here are a few worthy pro-life groups worth your attention: National Right to Life, Give Cures, Embryo Adoption Services, and the Susan B. Anthony List.
10. Remember that innocent, unborn children are depending on you to give them a voice. Cry out for
the babies that never cry!
About Dr. Albert Mohler
R. Albert Mohler, Jr. is president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
For more articles and resources by Dr. Mohler, and for information on The Albert Mohler Program, a daily national radio program
broadcast on the Salem Radio Network, go to www.albertmohler.com
. For information on The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, go to www.sbts.edu
. Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
About Maura Butler
Maura Butler is the Consultant on
Bioethics and Public Policy for The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. She has studied issues in bioethics for ten
years, working in both academic and clinical settings. She earned her Bachelor of Science in biology (magna cum laude, Beta
Beta Beta) and Bachelor of Arts in philosophy (magnum cum laude, Phi Sigma Tau) from Le Moyne College. She then graduated
summa cum laude with her Masters degree in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. She also works with the Susan B.
Anthony List, a nationwide network of Americans dedicated to mobilizing, advancing and representing pro-life women in the
Featured Founding Father
Charles Cotesworth "C.
C." Pinckney (February 25, 1746 - August 16, 1825), was an early American statesman of South Carolina. As a
Revolutionary War veteran, he was a prisoner of war during the 1780 defense of Charleston against British siege. Later,
Pinckney became a delegate to the Constitutional Convention. Pinckney played an important part in securing the ratification
of the Federal constitution in the South Carolina convention of 1788, and in framing the South Carolina Constitution in the
convention of 1790. He was involved in the XYZ Affair and he was twice nominated by the Federalist Party as their presidential
candidate but he never won.
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