Hey Everyone!! I survived my talks on Saturday!! They actually went very well! I had a lot of kids and adults come up to me afterwards and say “Your story really touched me!” and “Thank you for saying every child deserves to live. I am disabled!” What an amazing first experience telling my story!!!!
Here is some of what I said in my talk:We are here today to talk about abortion. But more importantly to talk about life! I would like to share an analogy with you that my father shared with me to help you understand what I’m going to talk about: I’m sure many of you have been deer hunting before or someone close to you has been before. Well, hunters are told not to shoot into a moving bush until they know that it is a deer-with horns. It might just be a bunny rabbit or a little girl lost in the woods. They don’t shoot until they know what it is. We know that life begins at conception- we don’t know for certain when “it” becomes a person- so just like hunters, we shouldn’t shoot it (or abort it) because we don’t know for certain it is not a person! We should give the benefit of the doubt to the little one and use our heads, not our hormones! I could tell you all sorts of statistics like there is a separate set of DNA that forms at conception and that the baby’s heart starts beating at day 20; but you may not buy into that…but you can’t say that conception isn’t required for life, no matter what appears at that moment, it still results in life- so by destroying it, you are ending a possible life. Mel Gibson said, “God is the only one who knows how many children we should have, and we should be ready to accept them. One can’t decide for oneself who comes into this world and who doesn’t. That decision doesn’t belong to us.”A major argument that I want to talk with you shortly about is the idea that babies that are going to have disabilities should be aborted because they will not have quality of life. The key word here is the baby. If you have ever been around a disabled child, you will quickly realize that the child is very joyful and quite possibly thinks he or she has an amazing quality of life. The child doesn’t know life any differently and is very happy. By saying that you think the baby will have no quality of life is from your perspective, not the child’s. Dr. Everett Koop, a pediatric surgeon, said: “my constant experience that disability and unhappiness do not necessarily go together. Some of the most unhappy children whom I have known have all of the physical and mental faculties and on the other hand some of the happiest youngsters have borne burdens which I myself would find very difficult to bear.” I myself have had personal experience caring for a little girl born with multiple disabilities. She was born with her airway blocked so she is on life support, she can’t sit up because of severe scoliosis and muscle degeneration, she can’t see or understand things full or communicate with words. This sounds like an unhappy life to me and you. However, she is one of the happiest human beings that I know. She is seven years old now and she is so full of love and she deffinatly knows that she is loved. She has really brought her family together and brings a lot of joy to everyone around her. To say that a child born with disabilities such as Riley Jane shouldn’t live is the same thing as saying an adult with disabilities shouldn’t live. I had the privilege of working as a homecare nurse for my good friend Bill who is here today. Bill was not born with a disability but produced the disability when he was 24 years old as a result of falling off of a horse and breaking his neck. He is now a quadriplegic which means he is paralyzed on all four limbs of his body. Although Bill is requires help to live a so-called normal life; his physical state does not define his quality of life. He has a wife, children, a grandson, horses, dogs, loves to do things on his computer, in his yard, on his ranch, with his animals, etc. He lives a happy, full life even though he is disabled! If you talked to him, which I encourage you to, he would tell you that this argument of “people with disabilities not have quality of life” does not win with him. And it should not win with any babies!! There is a waiting list of couples wanting to adopt children with disabilities. Instead of deciding for yourself that a child will not have quality of life; let the child live and let the child live in a family who desires a child with a disability because they will be surrounded by the most love.God is the true author of each of our stories. I just live today to tell this undeserving story of God’s mercy and love towards me, my parents and my birth mother. God has written every single one of your stories too. He longs for you to trust him fully because he knows what is best and what will bring him the most glory. God gave his only son so that you can live and have a personal, intimate relationship with him; so that you can live the happiest life possible in his mercy and trust; and so you can live a life without fear of not knowing what could have been. What could have been for my birth mother, for my parents and for me was not part of God’s story. God’s story is exactly where we are today.Thank you for your prayers!!!! It really was amazing to be able to tell my story for the first time infront of 100 or so middle school & highschool age kids. About 20 people that I know even came to see me speak which was exciting!!! I felt very encouraged after my talks.Tomorrow I will be going into Coalition for Life to help them stuff enveloped that they need to mail out! I will also be recording my story to put on the internet!I will try to post my talk on here as well as soon as I figure out how!
I am passionate about life & God in a down-to-earth & personal way.