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In Britain, a tale of two babies; One beloved and one forsaken

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

England is a nation divided.

As Prince William and Duchess Kate welcome a baby boy into their family, the life of another British baby boy is ebbing as a hospital and a host of courts refuse to allow his transfer to a facility in Rome that will try to save his life, or at least prolong it.

This is not only tragic, it’s outrageous!

In Liverpool, Baby Alfie Evans has been breathing on his own for more than 24 hours after his ventilator was switched off. But Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool has denied him nutrition for those 24 hours because they have given him a death sentence and they are hell-bent on carrying it out.

His parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, have even been prevented by police and security guards in the hospital from taking their son out and into an ambulance waiting to whisk him to an airfield for a flight to Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome. Hundreds of supporters gathered outside tried to storm the hospital, to no avail.

Even the support of Pope Francis and the decision by the Italian government to grant Alfie citizenship cannot convince the hospital and courts to let Alfie go.

Bishops throughout the world have shown support for Alfie, who is, like his father, a baptized Catholic. The bishop of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, got together and recorded a video and signed a letter of support for the family. Bishop Francesco Cavina of the Italian Diocese of Carpi arranged for Alfie’s dad to meet Pope Francis. In Liverpool, Fr. Gabriele Brusco has been ministering to Alfie and his family.

But this is a British baby, so I can’t help wondering why the royal family doesn’t say something publicly about this unthinkable cruelty?

Why hasn’t Prime Minister Theresa May weighed in on this now-international incident?

Why are Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John silent?

The family wants nothing from this hospital. They just want to gather their child – THEIR child – in their arms and carry him out of that indifferent “care” facility.

I hope and pray that Alfie outlives every one of the doctors and judges who were so willing to sign his death warrant, but it’s much more likely that he will not.

And since not even a year has passed since the British health care system let Baby Charlie Gard die, we can be sure it won’t be long before another baby finds himself or herself in this situation – held hostage by physicians and judges who would rather see them dead.

 

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No one is talking about Beyonce’s “fetus bump”

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Have you heard the news? Beyonce is pregnant with two fetuses!

It’s likely you have heard that the singer and her husband Jay Z are expecting twins. But in a mainstream media that can almost never bring itself to describe unborn children as anything more than fetuses, even the abortion-friendly New York Times and Huffington Post are reporting the “baby news” and describing Beyonce’s Instagrammed “baby bump.”

On Twitter, the announcement that big sister Blue Ivy was going to have company prompted a half-million Tweets in 45 minutes, and of the hundreds I read, no one was discussing Beyonce’s fetuses. (Except me: I sent out a Tweet noting that no one ever calls it a “fetus bump,”  to which someone with the handle @devilonmylap  responded that he supports abortion and wishes my parents did, too, so they could have aborted me. )

A blogger for Slate did ridiculously suggest that perhaps the couple would never have gotten pregnant again if they had known Donald Trump was going to win the presidency. But while I’m not a fan of Beyonce, I’m pretty sure her desire for more children was not dictated by who would occupy the Oval Office.

Beyonce lost her first baby to miscarriage, and it was a devastating loss.

A blog on Philly.com notes this excerpt from a 2013 HBO documentary on the singer.

“About two years ago, I was pregnant for the first time. And I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life,” Knowles said in her HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream, at the time. “I flew back to New York to get my check up — and no heartbeat. Literally the week before I went to the doctor, everything was fine, but there was no heartbeat.”

The star went on to write her song “Heartbeat” about the miscarriage, which she called “the saddest song I’ve ever written in my life.”

As a mother of twins myself, I wish Beyonce a happy and healthy pregnancy and a safe and uncomplicated birth. And as a pro-life advocate, I urge everyone who is delighting in Beyonce’s news to consider for a moment what an unwanted child in the womb of a stranger has in common with Beyonce’s twins, and with all of us: We are all human beings, and we all have a right to life.

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