Archive for June 2009
… but then Patricia Ireland goes on to say that she thinks a mother has the right to kill her child anyway. She doesn’t say it quite like that, but I think that’s a fair translation. Suzy B. has the quote, and ponders this “chink in the armor” of the pro-abortion forces.
Thine Eyes is a documentary on this year’s March for Life. More info here.
“Cerebral palsy couldn’t stop author” shines the spotlight on a 57-year-old woman with cerebral palsy, the family that sees her as a gift from God, and the people who help her live with dignity.
One program at Opportunity Village has allowed Deanna [Lingenfelter] to author three books. “In the middle of the night, God woke me up,” said Deanna. “He said I want you to write books for children on disabilities. If anybody can do it, you can because you are my child and I know you can do this.”
In 2002, “The Magic Toy Box” was published. It’s about a boy and girl who come upon a toy box filled with “broken” toys. Among them, a doll that can’t stand and a teddy bear that can’t see. Each of the toys talks to the children and explains that even though some of their parts don’t work, they still have feelings and want to play.
Her second book, “More Magic,” is geared toward school-aged children. A third book, “God Set Me Free,” an autobiography, is her most recent publication. “The books teach children to relate to us,” said Deanna.
Today, she is a regular member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish in Clear Lake, Iowa. A bus transports Deanna and eight other residents from Opportunity Village each week.
“People can be bitter about a disability or they can make the best of it,” she said. “I am doing my best because I promised my family I would. Without my family and God I wouldn’t be the lady I am today.”
Diane Elder, bless her heart, got on CNN to talk about the upsides of not aborting a daughter who had no chance to live longer than a few hours. My thanks to Anderson Cooper for letting her speak, and his respect for her as she dealt with a difficult subject, and to CNN for running the interview.
Previous related post: Help for parents facing pressure to abort their child.
See also: Once Upon a Time Daddy Wished You Dead, where similar cases are recounted and discussed.
See also (coming from a different angle on this): After Running From the Abortion Clinic, Young Father Runs For The Gold.
hat tip for first two links: Head Noises
I haven’t watched it yet, but The Catholic University of America has video of a discussion titled “The Obama Administration and the Sanctity of Human Life: Is There a Common Ground on Life Issues? What is the Right Response by ‘Pro-Life’ Citizens?” held at Washington, D.C.’s National Press Club on May 28, 2009. It looks like it’s about an hour and twenty minutes long.
David L. Schindler, in asking questions about Notre Dame’s present of an honorary degree to President Obama, puts some of the controversy into moral and historical perspective.
Schindler is an editor at Communio: International Catholic Review, and is a faculty member at John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.
hat tip: Alliance Alert