Monday, February 4, 2008

Abortion-Survivor Finds a Home

How cold... to abort a baby because he/she may be blind.

Just think about Helen Keller, Andre Bocelli, Jose Feliciano, Stevie Wonder and you see what a full life blind people can have... and who is anyone to play God and decide whose life is worth living?

A 15-month-old girl whose parents tried to abort her because she is blind, but survived the procedure, has been adopted by a John XXIII Community household in Rome.

The community announced in a Feb. 2 press conference that the baby was diagnosed with an eye condition that blinded her, and her parents opted for abortion. But the pregnancy was already in the 22nd week, and the baby was born alive. Doctors, following Italian law, thus tried to save her and succeeded.

She weighed only 562 grams (1.2 pounds) and had to have a heart operation when she was 10 days old. She had a brain hemorrhage, various infections and respiratory problems.

Her birth parents chose to give her up for adoption.

Now she is 15 months old and weighs 13 pounds; she has been with her new family for eight months.

Her adoptive parents are lay members of the John XXIII Community, and have three biological children, and two other adoptive children. There are 250 such households of the lay community; most are located in Italy.

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