My favorite baby picture of Charlie…
I like to write, my love for words runs deep. I use words to sort out my feelings no matter if they are dark and scary or filled with the goodness and grace of this life. Always my opinion shines through – on the day to day aspects of life to the more heavy subjects.
Sometimes the reality of this great big world takes my breath away.
Sometimes adding more words just isn’t necessary.
Andi’s words speak volumes:
Some days I just feel like beating my head against the wall. Today is one of those days.
I am pro-life, but I don’t protest outside abortion clinics. I don’t screech at my pro-choice friends and acquaintances about the evils of abortion. I don’t quote Bible verses and howl about impending judgment. Instead, I choose to engage in productive dialog so that others may understand my point of view. Some days, though, it doesn’t seem like I’m getting anywhere.
Anyone who’s been paying attention knows that babies prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome are routinely aborted (though, based on my personal experience, few people realize how large the percentage actually is). Some people believe abortion is medically and/or socially appropriate in these cases, while others vehemently disagree (can you see me waving both hands wildly in the air?) But what about other conditions that are diagnosed in utero? Should all undesirable medical diagnoses be fair game for abortion?
Last week, the government released statistics in the United Kingdom on the number of abortions performed during 2010. Of the 2,290 abortions performed for a medical problem, 482 were due to a diagnosis of Down syndrome (heartbreaking, but no surprise). The more shocking statistic (at least to me) is that 188 of those aborted were due to musculoskeletal issues (e.g., club foot) or cleft lip/palate, and some of those occurred after 24 weeks gestation. I felt physically ill when I read the article, much as I did when I first learned, just a few days after Nathan was born, that approximately 90% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in utero are aborted.
Should the world have been spared the “burden” of individuals like Damon Wayans, Kristi Yamaguchi, Mia Hamm, and Troy Aikman? All were born with club foot. Do Peyton Manning and Joaquin Phoenix have a tragically low quality of life? Both were born with cleft lip/palate.
You might wonder why I’m interrupting all of our summer goodness to share a message like this. This blog is a sort of family journal and since I’m openly sharing our story with the world it’s even more important for me to chronicle all that is important to our family; the goodness of this life, the harsh realities and everything in between. It’s important that I leave this documented legacy for my children, because we often don’t agree with many of the popular positions of our time. Instead we choose to walk a more narrow path and while that path may be narrow, it is paved with freedom.