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coping with Down Syndrome. The program is set to expand throughout the Republic, according to the linked Irish Times article.

hat tip: Youth Defence (Facebook post)

Backlash continues to have an effect, as more companies pull ads from Wonkette.

“Papa Johns, Huggies, Vanguard Drop Ads on Blog Attacking Trig Palen.”

It might be considered cool in certain (ruthless) circles to verbally trash those with Down Syndrome, or the parents who love them – but it is not playing well with decent people. Or with certain companies. Thank God.

In Death in Springtime: Terri Schiavo and Pope John Paul II, Leticia Velasquez remembers their deaths, while explaining one of the reasons Terri’s death was so personal to her. Her daughter, with Down syndrome, had been hospitalized, and the nurses had been hostile.

Like many of us, it was the barbaric killing of Terri Schiavo that turned Velasquez actively pro-life.

She writes for various publications. She blogs here. And here.

More good coverage of a teen putting her talents to good use, and speaking out for disabled people.

I just finished reading The Proposal, by Angela Hunt. It was originally published by Tyndale House in 1996, and I’m pleased to see it’s still in print, via iUniverse (see the bottom of this author-hosted page).

It’s a hard-hitting, hair-raising thriller, wherein a quiet young widow who wants to write a book about Down’s Syndrome gets mistaken for a best-selling novelist with a similar name who is proposing to write a novel that exposes the apparent link between first-pregnancy abortion and breast cancer – and has been targeted by the mob.

We’ve sold quite a few books by Angela Hunt in our bookstore, but I don’t remember reading any before this. If this book is any indication, I’ve been missing out. It was suspenseful, witty, and full of substance, too. And that’s not to mention the plot twists.

Parents: You should probably read this before letting even your teens see it. The author handles horrific situations with admirable restraint, and writes from a Christian perspective, but we are talking horrific situations here.

So, ladies. Can you recommend other fiction that takes a pro-life stance? Even just in passing? (Hey, a seed here, a seed there…)

Via Amy Welborn, Julia Duin has written an article headlined Choosing not to abort babies with disabilities (Washington Times, May 10, 2009), with info on supportive organizations, websites, blogs, and books, amongst other things.

Feel free to add to that resource list here in the comments. Thanks.

Michelle Zappe links to, and comments on, a story about a disabled Kansas resident who was written off a bit too soon by school officials.

Vital Signs Ministries has a list of books it bills The Pro-Life Indispensables. Over at his book blog, Denny Hartford (the director of Vital Signs Ministries), also recommends Check with Chip on Stem Cell Research, by Chip Maxwell, Executive Director of the Nebraska Coalition for Ethical Research.

Over at Lutherans for Life’s “Teaching for Life” page, there’s a link to a pdf listing children’s books and movies and other resources on a variety of pro-life topics. The resource list was compiled by Diane Albers, a kindergarten teacher and the President of Lutherans For Life of Missouri.

At Mommy Life, Barbara Curtis has recommendations for children’s books about disabilities. That post is part of a series, which also includes Down syndrome books for parents and Children’s books on Down syndrome.

I recently got the How Now Shall We Live? Devotional, by Charles Colson with Anne Morse (Tyndale House Publishers, 2004). I (ahem) have been reading it more like a book of short essays and history lessons than a devotional (the devotions are adapted from BreakPoint commentaries), and so I can tell you that there are a number of first-rate pro-life articles in it.

What would you add?

Added: This sounds wonderful and a lot of fun: Clare at A Maiden’s Wreath recommends Mrs. Dunwoody’s Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping, by Miriam Lukken.


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