Highlighting some of the best pro-life stories from the past year including 2 premature babies now heavyweights in the Guinness Book of Records!
As the pro-life movement across the country gears up for the March for Life in just a few weeks, and Catholics across the country pray for an end to abortion as the Supreme Court deliberates on the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women‘Health organization cases, here are some of the highlight moments and stories from the past year that truly bring the humanity of the unborn child to light.
1. Baby Richard: Richard Scott William Hutchinson came into the world with a whopping 11 ounce weight, the world’s smallest and most premature baby on record. He celebrated his first birthday on June 6, 2021. Born at just 20 weeks gestation, baby Richard is now a Guinness World Records record holder. He is the youngest person known to survive, defying science and its medics, who gave him 0% chance of survival.
2. Baby Curtis: Born July 5, 2020 at just 21 weeks old, the small but powerful Curtis Means also celebrated his first birthday in 2021. Born alongside his twin sister, who sadly did not survive, Curtis had a 1% chance of survival; but his nurses at the University of Alabama at Birmingham said he was a fighter from day one. Curtis spent his first 275 days in the neonatal unit, but is now at home in Greene County, Alabama, and thriving. Making headlines in November, Curtis was also added to the Guinness World Records.
3. Window to the uterus: The Supreme Court having heard the pleadings in the case Dobbs vs. Jackson Women‘Health, centered over a 15 week period Mississippi’s abortion ban, a record number of amicus briefs have been filed in support of the ban. One of these briefs, written by three pro-life physicians and submitted by Catholic association, offered rare and detailed pictures and photographs, showing the window in the womb. As technology has advanced considerably since the Roe vs. Wade Around this time, 3-D ultrasound imaging provided Supreme Court justices with images of life, including unborn babies sucking their thumbs and kicking them.
4. Texas is taking bold action: The Lone Star State has taken a bold step to protect life by passing the Heartbeat Act, making abortion illegal after six weeks gestation or when a fetal heartbeat is detected. As the law was challenged by state and federal entities leading to Supreme Court deliberation, outside the court pro-life leaders shared great pro-life stories, including the State Senator from Texas, Angela Paxton, wife of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Speaking at the press conference on the steps of the country’s highest court, she recounted her own adoption story: âI don’t know if there is a more beautiful thing to celebrate, however, than the life. I am so grateful to be here today, as an adopted child myself. Senator Paxton continued: “I am grateful to stand here today, to stand anywhere, any day, because I have had my chance to live,” adding: “I am grateful to my birth mother, Linda, who made the courageous choice to give me life.Every human being, Senator Paxton said, should be protected by law.
5. Safe haven for babies: While reports of alarming false positives in prenatal testing were released this month, the state of Ohio has taken bold steps in 2021 to protect babies with Down syndrome. As research shows, many women choose to have an abortion after a baby has been diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, leading countries like Iceland to even use the term ‘trisomy eradication’ as a result. dreadful euphemism for the legal murder of thousands of babies. In a statement on the Ohio ban, Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony list said the decision “confirms Ohio as a safe haven for unborn babies with Down syndrome.”
6. Protect adoption: The United States Supreme Court has rendered a unanimous decision to protect denominational adoption. The case, Fulton v. City of philadelphia, concerned the largest city in Pennsylvania ending its foster care contracts with Catholic Social Services because the faith-based agency said it would not certify that same-sex couples are foster parents. In the majority decision, the High Court held that âPhiladelphia’s refusal to enter into a contract with CSS for the provision of foster care services unless CSS agrees to certify same-sex couples as that foster parents violate the free exercise clause of the First Amendment â. While this is a major victory for religious freedom, it is also a pro-life victory. Faith-based adoption agencies provide loving moms and dads to children in need, all of whom deserve to be wanted and loved.
seven. Super Bowl History: In a pro-life ad that aired on prime-time television, Super Bowl 2021 featured Paralympian swimmer Jessica Long and her beautiful adoption story. The Toyota ad introduced the country to 13-time Paralympic gold medalist Jessica. Born in Siberia and adopted by an American family at 13 months, Jessica had both legs amputated at 18 months. She fell in love with swimming at the age of 10 and became a Christian in 2013. She spends much of her time outside the pool visiting schools, discussing her life and helping those who live. with a handicap to dare to dream.