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Hundreds call to adopt Down syndrome baby, save it from abortion
Washington Times ^ | July 9, 2013 | Annie Z. Yu

Posted on 07/10/2013 5:33:48 AM PDT by grundle

When the Rev. Thomas Vander Woude learned about a young couple planning to abort their unborn baby that had been diagnosed with Down syndrome, the priest reached out and offered a deal: Deliver the child and he would help find an appropriate adoptive family.

But he had to act fast.

The woman, who has not been identified for her privacy and her protection, was just shy of six months pregnant and lives in a state that prohibits abortions past 24 weeks — which meant he had a short time to find a family willing to make a lifelong commitment.

So Father Vander Woude, the lead pastor at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, Va., approached a volunteer who helped manage the church’s social media pages, and she posted an urgent plea on Facebook early Monday morning.

“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. If you are interested in adopting this baby please contact Fr. VW IMMEDIATELY,” the post read. “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 post asked people to call the church’s office after 9:30 a.m. Monday or to email Father Vander Woude.

No one expected the response they received.

“When we got in and opened up around 9:30, it was nearly nonstop. All day long, we were receiving phone calls from people who wanted to adopt the baby,” church staff member Martha Drennan said. “Father Vander Woude has gotten over 900 emails in regard to the baby.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: abortion; moralabsolutes

1 posted on 07/10/2013 5:33:48 AM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle
I worked in health care for years and during that time I dealt with many Down’s Syndrome patients...adults (because our hospital didn't have a pediatric service).I found these people,even when ill and in pain,to have gentle,”sweet” dispositions and to be a pleasure to work with.Of course they have a serious disability but for God's sake don't kill them for *that*!
2 posted on 07/10/2013 5:40:28 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: grundle

Every child is a wanted child. It may not be wanted by the birth mother, but it is wanted.


3 posted on 07/10/2013 5:40:57 AM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
"...even when ill and in pain,to have gentle,”sweet” dispositions"

People who are acquainted with Down's are aware of how that spirit changes the lives of everyone around them for the better. They are the "sweet" in the punch bowl every time for a family.

4 posted on 07/10/2013 5:55:34 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: grundle

But the pro-aborts adamantly say that pro-lifers only care about babies IN the womb, so this can’t be true. /s


5 posted on 07/10/2013 6:05:07 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Earthdweller

A friend of mine has a DS son, they call the extra chromosome the Happy Gene.


6 posted on 07/10/2013 6:26:07 AM PDT by tiki
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To: grundle

Thanks. I needed that.


7 posted on 07/10/2013 6:32:59 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Just to Be is a Blessing; just to Live is Holy." - Rabbi Abraham Heschel)
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To: little jeremiah

Something to brighten your heart!


8 posted on 07/10/2013 6:33:35 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Just to Be is a Blessing; just to Live is Holy." - Rabbi Abraham Heschel)
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To: grundle

Bttt


9 posted on 07/10/2013 6:45:53 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: sphinx

God bless them and I’m not even religious.

On the other hand I can see what Trig brings to the discussion. It confronts women and that scares them.


10 posted on 07/10/2013 7:01:40 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: grundle

Very nice to see this.

It puts the lie to pro-aborts’ argument about “what to do with all those unwanted babies”, doesn’t it?


11 posted on 07/10/2013 7:04:35 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; NYer; Salvation; american colleen; Desdemona; StAthanasiustheGreat; ..

Catholic and pro-life ping!


12 posted on 07/10/2013 7:17:00 AM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Pyro7480

Thanks for the ping Pyro7480,I used to do daycare and took care of two children with Down Syndrome.Very sweet children and always smiling.


13 posted on 07/10/2013 7:30:38 AM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: grundle

My son and daughter in law adopted a Down baby after they had one of their own.


14 posted on 07/10/2013 7:34:09 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: fatima

And they love music and rhythmic actiivies.


15 posted on 07/10/2013 7:35:28 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Yes,sweetest smiles and unconditional love.


16 posted on 07/10/2013 7:54:33 AM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Mrs. Don-o

This story makes my heart sing with joy. The Lord will provide!


17 posted on 07/10/2013 9:29:10 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

+1


18 posted on 07/10/2013 9:53:05 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Pyro7480

Wonderful story. Thank you so much for this much needed good news ping. Praise be to God, and may he richly bless all who are involved in saving this innocent life.


19 posted on 07/10/2013 9:54:04 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Thank you - I will ping it out in a bit!

I love to be able to ping out good news.

I’ve seen people right here on FR claim that there should be homosexuals adopting children because there are so many no one else will adopt! LIE!!!!

I hate lies.


20 posted on 07/10/2013 10:12:03 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Now I read it and now I’m crying.

Gives me hope. There are good people.

Thank you.


21 posted on 07/10/2013 10:13:25 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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Moral Absolutes Ping!

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I love to ping out GOOD NEWS! Read it and be cheered. I think there are more good people than some of us are aware of. Good people don't generally make headlines, aren't on talkshows, aren't on the "Police Blotter", and so on. But they are out there!

Anyone wanting on/off any of my ping lists, freepmail me.

22 posted on 07/10/2013 10:16:06 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: grundle
Is this the same Fr. Thomas Vander Woude whose father died saving the life of his brother who had Down's Syndrome? If so, their family is still in my family's prayers.

WashPo: Father Who Died Saving Son Known For Sacrifice

23 posted on 07/10/2013 10:17:32 AM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: little jeremiah

I hope that overwhelming response to that baby absolutely SHAMES that couple into rethinking their position.

Maybe it will force them to look into the mirror of their own soul and not like what they see.


24 posted on 07/10/2013 10:23:39 AM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Earthdweller
One of the children in our school has DS. Do not ask her a question like, "Do you like this dress?"

They are painfully honest.

25 posted on 07/10/2013 10:27:33 AM PDT by mware
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To: metmom

That would be wonderful.


26 posted on 07/10/2013 10:30:22 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah

Thanks for the ping. It is situations like this that bring up my recommendation for abortion. From my home page...

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I’ve posted this in a couple of places and it doesn’t seem to get much more than a yawn, even though it’s kinda-sorta an incremental approach.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1908148/posts?page=125#125

I believe a fetus is a human being who deserves protection under the law from being killed.
***I do too. That fetus deserves protection extended by the state.

I do wonder if it is biblical to extend “full” protection to a fetus? I.e. when a man hurts a pregnant woman, he’s expected to pay an eye for an eye & a tooth for a tooth. But if the unborn baby is killed, the price is not the same.

Perhaps it is time to consider a 3 (or even 4) tiered system of protection.

Tier 1: Living, viable, late term baby which will not be aborted unless the life of the mother is at stake.

Tier 2: Living, not-yet-viable pre-born human who should have the right to protection and life and a safe womb to which it can attain viability. Cannot be aborted unless there is an open rape case associated with the pregnancy or the life of the mother is at stake.

Tier 3: Living, early stage, not yet viable pre-born human for whom we do not extend the rights of life in this society because of a historical snag where we once considered such tissue not to be a baby. We as a society thought it was best to consider it a private decision. I personally do not believe in Tier3 abortions, but I can understand that there are many who think it is a “right to choose” at this stage. It may be time to consider a program where the woman declares her pregnancy and intent to abort. Our societal function at this point would be to provide a family that is willing to adopt this baby and to put up this woman for 6-8 months in a safe environment so the baby can grow and maybe the woman can learn some life skills. If our society cannot muster the forces necessary to save this baby, the woman has the sickening “right” to abort this pregnancy. Time for us to put up or shut up.

With a 3-tiered plan in place, women would stop using abortion as a means of birth control. Millions of lives would be saved. We would extend the right to life to every human that we have resources to save. Unfortunately, if we cannot put up the resources to save the Tier3 babies, we still would have this horrible practice staining our nation’s soul.

125 posted on 10/08/2007 1:43:20 PM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq — via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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27 posted on 07/10/2013 1:10:11 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Catholic ping!


28 posted on 07/10/2013 1:44:33 PM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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