Photo via The Mirror
Welcome to The Vine, where every week I strive to bring you updates from around the pro-life community to help you keep up with the ever constant battle to save lives. If you aren’t plugged-in, it is my sincere hope that The Vine will allow you to get familiar with those on the front lines and find your place among them.
One of the best things about working in the pro-life movement is all the stories. Yes there is tragedy, but there is also so much hope, so much inspiration, and amazing displays of strength that all lend themselves to help us keep going.
Last week, in the UK, the parents of baby Adelaide decided to release her picture for the world to see. As her parents recount in The Mirror, their daughter did not survive her early birth. It is the second time her mother, Emily Caines, has lost a daughter to premature labor. Caines’ first daughter was born at 23 weeks and Adelaide was born at 24 weeks. It is the fact that she was 24 weeks old that contributed to the Caines’ decision to show Adelaide to the world. In the UK, abortion is legal up to 24 weeks. In showing that Adelaide was “a fully formed human being”, the Caines’ hope to help people understand that abortion truly is killing a child. The couple is now pregnant again but they hope their “story gives hope to others and helps other parents who have suffered a loss.”
The mother of Katie Farrell is also familiar with loss and, like the Caines’, has turned her loss into an inspiration for all who value life. However Katie’s story, as told at SecularProLife, is quite different from the Caines’. Nearly “a poster child for the abortion movement,” Katie found herself unexpectedly pregnant at the age of 21. Despite doctors encouraging her to abort, Katie found hope in her new baby and rose to the challenge of motherhood. A little over a year after her son, Tyler, was born, Katie was back in school and looking forward to the 2013 March for Life. Tragically, the father of her son chose then to end his life and Katie’s. Her mother is now raising Tyler and has started a nonprofit, KatiesWay.org, to help mothers like Katie.
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