2015 March for Life: Every Life is a Gift

The March for Life 2015 theme was “Every Life is a Gift,” with a special focus on preborn babies who are diagnosed in the womb with a fetal abnormality. Tragically, studies reveal that approximately 85% of these special little ones are aborted. That national abortion average is approximately 20%. Any abortion is one too many, but these precious children are being eradicated through abortion.

We aim to bring attention to this issue through the 2015 March for Life, and throughout the coming months. This year is also the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disability Act, which allows for disabled Americans to live much fuller lives than years ago. There is a sad irony that those with disability can flourish as never before, but so many are never able to be born. Let’s also allow the little ones in the womb the most basic right, to live and then fully enjoy those protections.

Op-ed in The Hill, “Every Life is a Gift,” by Jeanne Monahan.

Op-ed in Breitbart News, “March for Life: Every Life is a Gift,” by Bethany Goodman

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Theme Resources

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep – a ministry of professional photographers will take photographs of infants who have critical medical conditions for no charge.

Be Not Afraid – a comprehensive website helping parents with prenatal diagnosis get information and referrals

SOFT – The Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 and Related Disorders.

International  Trisomy Alliance  – featuring e-books to help Trisomy families  and their most recent “Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 13 – Preparing for your Baby’s Arrival.

American Journal of Medical Genetics Report – “Our children are not a diagnosis: The experience of parents who continue their pregnancy after a prenatal diagnosis of Trisomy 13 or 18.

Gift of a Lifetime – a resource from Focus on the Family for families facing a life-limiting diagnosis for their unborn baby, that presents the option of perniatal hospice. Also, in Spanish, Un Regalo Inimitable.

When Love Wins – a booklet from Focus on the Family about continuing a pregnancy after an adverse diagnosis, and it addresses a prenatal diagnosis of special needs.

Be A Voice – Focus on the Family’s Dignity of Human Life magazine with Scripture, quotes, research, stories, etc about life issues across the spectrum, including special needs.

Embracing Grace Peer Ministry, Diocese of Richmond.

Prenatal Diagnosis Support, Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Archdiocese of Washington Affirming Life Initiative – Resources for Clergy and Pastoral Workers, including training videos.

Prenatal Partners for Life – prenatal diagnosis website and support information.

Caring Bridge – a free social network tool for parents who have children with medical challenges.

Sibling support: “Sib shops” provide support to brothers and sisters of persons who have special health care needs, have developmental disabilities or have a mental health challenge.

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