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Disability Advocates and the Right to Life

by Elizabeth Tanguay

I have been an avid follower of LifeSiteNews for quite some time now, and there is always something interesting going on with regards to the pro-life position.

Take Baby Isaiah from Edmonton, for example:

Young Canadian Parents Fighting Hospital to Save Their Baby’s Life

If you don’t want to read the article (which is quite good, by the way), I’ll sum up the case for you. When Isaiah was born, he suffered severe oxygen deprivation to his brain due to his umbilical cord wrapping around his neck. The doctors predicted he would never gain consciousness, and if he did, that he would be severely disabled for the rest of his life. However, he defied the doctors’ predictions: he has opened his eyes, arched his back, moved his feet and arms, and is improving. Now the parents are in a fight for this small child’s life because the doctors want to take him off the ventilator that is keeping him alive. And they refuse to carry out routine blood tests and procedures to find out exactly what is wrong with Isaiah. The parents don’t even have access to their baby’s medical record.

The worst part of all this: it has happened before in Canada.

Baby Isaiah’s Case Part of a National Trend Say Advocates for the Disabled

Thankfully, the parents appealed to the judge, who granted Isaiah 3 weeks for a medical assessment by experts to determine whether or not the doctors’ decision is justified.

Baby Isaiah Granted Another Three Weeks for Medical Assessment

And the nice thing with LifeSiteNews is that they even provide contact information to key people to be able to advocate for this baby, which I strongly encourage you to do. He shouldn’t be denied life because of his probable “disability”, especially since his parents clearly want to do everything medically possible so they can keep their child.

Reflections on the Heart of Christmas

by Theresa Stephenson

As my stomach is heavy with rich dinners in the holiday spirit and my wallet is lighter after indulging my loved ones with presents, it’s easy to forget the roots of Christmas –the birth of Jesus Christ.

As a Christian I believe that the Saviour came in a surprising way. He didn’t come strong and independent, as one would expect. He entered human life as we all do, at the moment of His conception. Like us, He spent approximately nine months in the womb before His birth in Bethlehem. He came as a baby boy. He put aside divine power and contented Himself to lie vulnerably in a manger, utterly dependent on Mary and Joseph for His day-to-day needs.

Regardless of whether or not you believe in Jesus Christ it is startling to think that any faith would believe that God would humble Himself to live with them in this way, enduring the frailties and pains of humanity.

Considering the infant Jesus during Christmas, we can reflect on His dependency on His earthly parents, Mary and Joseph. Simply put, He humbled Himself to be dependant on parents because that is our human experience.

Each of us was conceived, grew in our mother’s womb, and were born. We were held in our mother’s arms, fed by her, diaper-changed by her, and so on. Indeed, in our infancy, we did nothing ourselves. Always we passively received life-giving nourishment and comforting care. Not to mention that it was out of love that our mothers did all these things for us, in spite of the crying, pooping, helpless messes that we were.

This relationship between mother and child shows us the power of a mother’s love and a child’s trust. But today in Canada this necessary and beautiful relationship is disparaged. Without limitation and for any reason a mother may chose to end the life of her child at any time during the pregnancy. We live in a culture that values “reproductive rights” over human life.

As we pause to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this Christmas season, let’s remember all those babies whose lives have been ended by abortion. And as we consider the tender motherhood of Mary, let’s remember all those mothers who suffer the pain of past abortions.

It’s easy to be distracted by the food and presents of Christmas, but the heart of this holiday reminds me of both the frailty and inherent dignity of every individual human being. That’s where rubber hits the road for me. Person-by-person we can encourage Canadians to cherish the bond between mother and child. In this way, we may build a culture of life that promotes and protects dignity of every human being.