Last year, 16 year old, Alyssa Marie contacted me via Facebook asking for help! She was seeking information to show her friends about how unhealthy it is to be taking the pill. She was really worried about her friends and wanted to help as her Catholic faith compels her to do so. I worked with her to show her friends scientific information about severe health risks in taking the pill.
A couple months later I was coordinating with youth groups at Walk for Life in San Francisco and this sweet and strong girl came up and introduced herself! I met Alyssa’s parents and they shared how proud they were of her for being so strong in her faith and pro-life position (and at such a young age). Then they told me their story which Alyssa has now written just for this blog:
My parents got married in 1992 and two years later they were soon to be expecting a baby. At a check-up, my parents went to see the genetics doctor to see if the pregnancy would go along smoothly. The genetics doctor tested their blood and noticed that they both had a rare blood disorder that could affect the baby. It was called Alpha Thalassemia.
Alpha Thalassemia is a blood disorder that causes the body to have different form of hemoglobin in the cells. Since their cells had a different form of hemoglobin, it results in the elimination of red blood cells, which can lead to anemia. Given the thought that both of my parents had the disease, the doctor tried to convince my mother that she should abort the baby.
The doctor told her that she didn't want my mother to go through the burden of having a baby that wouldn't survive and that there was a high chance of the baby getting the blood disorder. My parents decided to think about it.
While they contemplated the biggest decision of their lives, my mother did some research. She found out that 50% of the babies found with the disease would be impacted by the negative health implications, but 25% of the babies will not have the disease and will live a completely normal life. My mother decided to go through with the pregnancy. She prayed often to God to give her strength.
Nine months later, she was able to give birth to me, a completely normal baby girl that wasn't a carrier of the blood disorder. Now that I am old enough to understand pro-life issues, I am more than proud of my mother. She chose life, regardless of what the doctors told her. She didn't give in to the doctor's pleas to kill her child.
If she did choose abortion, I wouldn't have been able to experience life.
The doctor was wrong to tell my mother that I wouldn't survive. The doctor was wrong to tell my mother that I wasn't worth saving.
What a powerful testimony to life giving love. Many people this very day will be confronted by a choice that will be very very tempting, as doctors say “there is a a problem with the baby in your the womb". Often times these diagnoses are plain wrong, and sometimes they’re right (watch a video of a beautiful story of a woman who chose life for her baby). We have to stand for life, even in the face of a painful situations.
Alyssa’s parents had great faith. They chose life for Alyssa and today Alyssa has been able to help her friends make life affirming choices. Without her parent’s choosing life, there would be no Alyssa.
For The Dignity of the Born and Unborn,