Three years ago my wife and I were challenged with the need to pursue adopting a baby with Down syndrome when we discovered, among other things, that the termination rate for mothers who test positive for having a baby with Down syndrome is between 80 and 90%. This past December the Lord answered our prayers with a beautiful baby girl named Emma, pictured here with her equally beautiful mommy.
Along with pursuing the adoption itself, we have been passionate about creating awareness of the issue here in Canada. The Lord first answered this need through a McLean's magazine article we were interviewed for a couple years ago. We have also tried our best to set up an maintain this website, which definitely needs more time and expertise, to draw attention to the issue. Recently though, God has been using a very different platform to shed light on this issue.
When I first heard about the selection of Gov. Palin as John McCain's VP running mate I was very excited because I knew a bit about her family, specifically her new baby, through an Albert Mohler article I read a few months ago. I knew that this would bring attention to this whole issue, but I had no idea about the kind of reaction that would follow.
...others fear Ms. Palin's emergence as a parental role model sends a different message. As a vocal opponent of abortion, Ms. Palin's widely discussed decision to keep her baby, knowing he would be born with the condition, may inadvertently influence other women who may lack the necessary emotional and financial support to do the same, according to André Lalonde, executive vice-president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
Dr. Lalonde said that above all else, women must be free to choose, and that popular messages to the contrary could have detrimental effects on women and their families.
"The worry is that this will have an implication for abortion issues in Canada," he said.
Well Dr. Lalonde, let me say that I for one certainly hope that this will have an implication for abortion issues in Canada. I hope and pray that God will use this family as a positive example of one woman's choice for life. That seeing this family love and embrace this beautiful baby boy will challenge and encourage others to do the same.