We Do Have Hope In A Fallen World
ProLifeCorner- The below testimony has been shared with us by a mother who placed more faith in God and love than in the fear and selfishness of the world. We believe it is people like her who Jesus was speaking of when He said, “you are the light of the world.”
My name is Anne,
I am a 45 year old mother of a perfectly healthy and precious newborn named Amber Rose Faith. The “Faith” part was added as our pregnancy progressed because it took a lot of it! And here is our story…
I was newly married after experiencing the deaths my mom, my sister and best friend to cancer all within two years Eleven months later my husband and I found out we were “expecting”.
Our Lord works in mysterious ways. Upon our suspicion, I went to my primary care doctor. He kept repeating the same phrase, “this is bad! So bad Anne.” I have a heart and spinal condition requiring medications that are dangerous if taken during pregnancy. I was already eight weeks along and Amber had been exposed to these meds for that long. My doctor explained that for these reasons and the advance age that I ‘needed’ to abort. Amber would likely be born with Down’s syndrome as well as a slew of other birth defects and learning disabilities. I explained to the doctor that regardless of his warnings I wanted to keep my baby. He actually became angry.
I left his office in tears with a lecture on irresponsibility and a prescription that needed to be filled that day to “aid” in my pregnancy. It was called RU486. I took it to my pharmacist who refused to fill it. He explained that for religious reasons he did not carry that drug in his store. And if reported he would surely lose his license. He then asked me if I even knew what I was asking for? I explained to him it was to “aid” in my pregnancy. He told me it was the abortion pill and the only thing that it would “aid” in was murder! I felt deceived and heartbroken.
Eventually I was sent to an OB doctor who was even less sensitive. He suggested abortion as well. When I refused he insisted on genetic testing to see the baby’s potential and probable risks. He explained that with that knowledge I still had the opportunity to abort. When I refused genetic testing, explaining to him that no matter the outcome we planned to keep my baby, he insisted I speak with a hospital social worker to evaluate my mental health. She explained to me that the recent death of my loved ones had clouded my judgment. Also explaining that special needs babies are costly and demanding. With my disability she felt that abortion was my best option.
My third trimester came. The OB doctor insisted that I sign a consent form allowing for a tubal ligation. I also refused that. He explained to me that if I were to become pregnant again I would more than likely die leaving this baby without a mother. And my refusal to have my tubes tied for “religious reasons” called for another visit with social services to evaluate my mental capability to raise a child. This went on and on. I suffered deep depression during my pregnancy because of the negativity and such a gloomy outcome for Amber Rose Faith.
Amber Rose Faith was born at 38 weeks and 2 days. After much testing, an echocardiogram and an MRI to ensure she did not inherit my disability, she was deemed perfectly healthy. And beautiful (if I do say so myself)!
I cannot promise that everything will be fine for you who are experiencing a high risk pregnancy. Jesus never promised life without pain. His was a perfect example of it. But He did fight for life. Giving up His very own to save ours! Will you do the same? Who will fight for your unborn child if you do not have the courage?
I invite all who are reading this to pray with me. Pray for all mothers. Especially mothers-to-be who find themselves in similar circumstances.
We must stand together, pray and have “Faith” that everything will work out as God intends. Allow for the miracle which is LIFE!
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” (Jeremiah 1:5)