In a world where the dominant culture divides children into the wanted and undesired for the convenience of others, it’s worth noting when a news story demonstrates the power of hope, love, and life:
A Virginia church says it has received hundreds of calls from people around the world offering to adopt an unborn child with Down syndrome who otherwise would have been aborted.
After the unborn child came to the attention of Rev. Thomas Vander Woude of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, Va., an urgent plea was posted Monday on the church’s Facebook page. …
…The mother had less than a week before she would no longer have been able to have an abortion, but allowed the church time to find an adoptive couple if it could. Fr. Vander Woude prayed, and then shared the story on social media…
…The following morning Fr. Vander Woude said morning Mass and then he walked into the rectory. When he walked in, the three ladies who work in the office were all answering phones.
Martha Drennan, Director of Adult Faith Formation and Liturgy at Holy Trinity hadn’t even known about the posting. “I came into the office Monday morning and the phones were ringing off the hook,” she told me. “Hundreds of people were calling in.”
And as the morning went on, the call load became so heavy that Martha had to bring in some help. A young seminarian spending the summer in the parish was pulled in to the office to help man the phones. “I don’t think anyone could have expected that the response would be so quick and so much,” she said, still sounding bewildered….
via Hot Air
So much for the narrative that “nobody” wants Down Syndrome kids.
Martha said that if you added up all the emails in Fr. Vander Woude’s account and all the phone calls it’d likely be over a thousand couples willing to adopt the child. She said the young seminarian was bowled over by how many people were so open to the idea of radically changing their lives in order to love a child. And this outpouring of love saved a child. The couple is considering three of the families right now.
I asked Fr. Vander Woude how he felt about this amazing turn of events. His answer surprised me. “Honestly, I kick myself for not having done something like this sooner,” he said.
“But I think the thing to focus on is it shows that we are all God’s instruments,” he said. “And it really shows the goodness of people, doesn’t it?”
Yes. It does.
“When a diagnosis happens prenately, the information many parents get is not up-to-date, not accurate. It can be overwhelming,” she said.
Grover said being the parent of a Down Syndrome child is a “joyful” experience but also has its “ups and downs,” as a parent would with any other child.
She said she was proud of the courage displayed by the couple who didn’t just consider terminating the pregnancy.
“I’m proud of them for taking time to have someone tell them they have options and following through with their heart,” she said.
Feminists apparently are not pleased with the story, however
But Katie Baker bemoaned the effort at the pro-abortion blog and complained “the woman in this story is still being coerced into carrying to term.”
“Let me pressure you into carrying to term by hastily crowdsourcing an adoptive family!”
So many mistreated babies and kids with Downs live terrible lives. Instead of throwing resources at a nonviable fetus, why can’t the church help children with Down syndrome that are already alive? Because anti-abortion folks care more about fetuses with fairytale narratives than actual babies.