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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.

Nothing can completely prepare you for childbirth. No matter how many classes taken, videos watched, conversations had, you simply don’t know how your childbirth experience will be until the day arrives. It is, for even the most seemingly prepared woman, a bit scary albeit exciting. For women who go into labor early, the event is can be even more stressful. While technology has improved the rate of survival among premature babies, as a parent you are still at the mercy of the hospital staff while your child(ren) are in the NICU. So imagine yourself in that position and being asked if you want your child to be enrolled in a study that may help and/or will only be measuring data “such as height or weight.” It sounds harmless and if it could help then what parent would say no?

In June of 2014, Sharyl Attkisson wrote at The Daily Caller about a government-backed study known as SUPPORT which purported to offer just that to parents of premature babies. As one mother who participated recalled, “I remember them telling me they were a support group who would pretty much hold my hand through the developmental process.” However, SUPPORT wasn’t really at all what parents were led to believe through the consent forms they were required to sign. Not mentioned were the risks of blindness, neurological damage and death for the 1,316 babies enrolled in the tax-payer funded study. Furthermore, as the purpose was actually to study the effects of oxygen levels on preemies, their children only received a predetermined amount of oxygen despite their individual needs – even hospital staff was kept out of the loop for fear they might give the participating babies the same care as other preemies. Of course babies died and for years their parents didn’t know the truth about what the study had done to their children. Finally, in 2013 a federal ethics office uncovered the extreme violation and the truth was revealed.

Yet, despite being over a year …read more    

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