It’s Kate Maloney, the Northeast Regional Coordinator for Students for Life. I just wanted to share a quick story with you. My heart was so saddened to hear the following reflection from one of the pro-life medical students I work with in New Jersey:
“I just finished a rotation on OBGYN at my medical school, and we were required to write a reflection paper about our experience, highlighting an interesting case. Well, I was blessed enough to meet a trisomy 18 baby who was born after a tumultuous labor. The other physicians I was working with weren’t very pleased that this baby survived.”
The culture of death has become so pervasive that people who are supposed to have dedicated their lives to helping people and saving lives are disappointed when sick babies live. Our society has become such that doctors would rather eliminate the people with illnesses rather than eliminate the illnesses themselves. This, of course, extends increasingly to end of life issues as well as beginning of life ones, as we see with assisted suicide and euthanasia.
It is so hard to hear stories like this. It’s easy to imagine a different telling: Miracle baby with trisomy 18 and her brave mother conquer a tumultuous birth. She is a fighter! As part of the pro-life movement, that’s the kind of loving perspective we want to see in all cases.
To truly pro-life doctors and nurses: thank you for valuing all human life, especially in a field that needs it most. Thank you for your commitment to do no harm, from the elderly dementia patient to the premature baby with trisomy 18. The love you bring to the medical profession will change the world.
If you know a pro-life medical professional, thank them. That field has become so rife with callousness that they really need all the support they can get.