Down Syndrome Baby Saved From Being Aborted Due to Pastor’s Plea

Published on July 13, 2013


A Virginia church says it has been flooded with calls from people around the  world willing to adopt an unborn baby with Down Syndrome that otherwise would  have been aborted.

Rev. Thomas Vander Woude of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville  decided to intervene to help save the unborn child after learning that the  mother planned to abort the baby if an adoption offer didn’t come through, reported.

The unidentified mother, who lives in a state where late-term abortion is  illegal, gave the adoption agency 24 hours to find a suitable parent, according  to the report.

Vander Woulde, with the help of a parishioner, posted an urgent plea on the  church’s Facebook page Monday.

“There is a couple in another state who have contacted an adoption agency  looking for a family to adopt their [Down] Syndrome unborn baby. If a couple has  not been found by today they plan to abort the baby,” the post read. “If you are  interested in adopting this baby please contact Fr. VW IMMEDIATELY. [We] are  asking all to pray for this baby and the wisdom that this couple realize the  importance of human life and do not abort this beautiful gift from God.”

The church received more than a 1,000 phone calls and emails from families  around the world wanting to adopt the baby, reported.

With the help of the church the adoption agency handling the mother’s case  was able to narrow the field to three families.

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