“She’s Going to Be Stillborn. Save Yourself the Pain.”

Told she should abort her pregnancy because her daughter’s heart defects would cause her to be stillborn, this mom made the choice to see her pregnancy—and daughter’s life—through.

Despite the amazing medical technologies we now have in our country, moms carrying babies with birth defects are often encouraged the have an abortion rather than carry the baby to term. It’s interesting to me that some feel that letting their baby’s lives end naturally is less painful than ending it forcibly—any look at the process of abortion tells anyone with common sense that it is NOT a peaceful way to die for the baby being aborted, whether they will live outside the womb or not. Perhaps these medical officials may think a life with these birth defects is not worth living, but I am of the opinion that the lives of people with disabilities are EVERY bit as valuable as those with “typical” bodies and minds.

When mom J. Morton found out at 12 weeks gestation that her baby daughter, Clara, had some serious heart problems, she was told that she would miscarry. But when the miscarriage didn’t happen, she was told at 18 weeks that she would be wise to seek an abortion, to go ahead and terminate the pregnancy that was surely going to end with a dead baby anyway. In a Facebook post to the Love What Matters page, Morton said she was told, ”

“She’s going to be still born, Save yourself the pain.’ I wouldn’t be surprised if you come back next week, and have her still born.”

But Morton continued to believe that her daughter was a fighter, and refused to terminate the pregnancy. Here’s the whole miraculous story of baby Clara Ray, as told to Love What Matters.

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Image: J. Morton, Love What Matters, Facebook

“December 23rd 2015. I went in for an ultrasound and what we thought was going to be a day filled with happy tears and laughter, that day did not turn out as planned.

I was 12 weeks gestation when we were told something was wrong with my baby’s heart. I was told she will not survive. ‘You will miscarry.’ I left the office in tears and heart broken. My baby fought her way to 18 weeks as her heart beat slower and slower. With each new appointment seemed to come another diagnosis, another heartbreak and a waterfall of tears.

I was told ‘She’s going to be still born, Save yourself the pain.’

‘I wouldn’t be surprised if you come back next week, and have her still born.’ There was little to no hope for my baby.

Even the number #1 children’s hospital, had not seen a heart like hers. They have seen it separate, but not all together.

It was up to her to fight. The only thing we could do… was pray.

We continued to celebrate our baby’s life, no matter what odds were against her. We had a reveal party, a baby shower and even made a beautiful nursery.

In and out of heart failure, a heart rate of 40-50. Our baby girl, fought her way to 37 weeks!

On June 14th, I had her via C Section and she was taken straight to Boston Children’s Hospital.

6 days old, she had her first open heart surgery. July 21st we got to bring her home!

5 hospital stays since then, and a couple more diagnosis… but she is a fighter! Her name is, Clara Ray. 💕

She is a Miracle.

This is her seeing her first snow fall. She absolutely loved it.

I can’t explain the emotions we felt, as we watched that smile come across her face.

Pure. Joy.”

I’m so thankful Clara’s parents decided to let God decide how long of a life she would have instead of taking the medical advice they were given. Clara’s life matters, and it is leaving its mark. She was fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image. I can’t to see how many lives this little miracle touches!

 

Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and the editor of For Every Mom. You can email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter.

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