This morning at church I heard a great testimony that should encourage all pro-life conservatives and scare their pants off at the same time. The woman on stage told the story of a young couple she knew whose first pregnancy ended with a still-born child (a heart breaking experience I simply cannot imagine). In spite of this tragedy, they were determined to have a child and tried again. Great news, they conceived a second time.
This young couple then found out that their second pregnancy was one of more devastation. Their second child was diagnosed in utero with spinal bifada, a birth defect where there is incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord, and severe mental retardation. The doctor instructed them to have an abortion as this child would be a complete vegetable due to the severity of their condition. To make matters worse, they only had three days to decide whether they would abort or not since the laws at that time where they were did not allow abortions past a certain point of the pregnancy.
As the woman continued telling this young couple’s story, she explained that they went to their pastor where he and the church prayed for this pre-born child. After counseling and prayer, they boldly decided to not abort the pregnancy despite their doctor’s persistence. They embraced this life with open arms in the face of the challenges that this life would burden them with. They resisted a pro-death culture and trusted God.
On the day of this baby’s birth, doctors and interns along with surgical staff gathered to see what a child with severe mental retardation and spinal bifada would look and be like. When the baby was born, the physician ran his finger down her spine. He did so a second time and then a third. To everyone’s amazement, the doctor could find no abnormality. This precious little girl had been born completely normal and was now telling her story to the church. (As a side note: The church stood to her feet and erupted with praise to God when this woman revealed that this was her story.)
This incredibly miraculous story should serve as both an encouragement and a warning to us all. It’s best to trust God, who is capable of doing anything, and fear doctors who would so quickly encourage murder.