LIFE OR DEATH
by Julie Cave, Contributing Freelance Writer

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Names in this true story have been changed to honor privacy.

A microscopic life was conceived. 

A tiny heart beat like the wings of a butterfly, life took hold in a mother’s womb.  Safe, the baby
grew rapidly – a brain, eyes, legs, arms…  A baby blossomed into life inside her mother who
already loved her.

Her mother could feel her baby kick and roll. She put her hand over her stomach protectively,
smiling.  She envisaged the life of her new daughter. Will she inherit her eyes and her father’s
sense of
humor?  Will she like the pink or yellow baby blanket best?  Will she star in the
school play or be too shy to venture onto stage?  Will she study hard or stare out the window
daydreaming? Will she be a ballerina, a poet, a diplomat…? 
It doesn’t matter, the mother
whispered to her unborn child. I love you no matter what.

Only a few weeks passed when the mother received devastating news from her doctor,
altering her dreams to devastation and tempting her to contemplate aborting her beloved
baby girl.  She even filled a prescription for the drugs that would commence the abortion.

How did this happen?

This is the true story of my dear friends, Tom and Alison, whose lives were turned upside
down during their second pregnancy.

Alison and Tom were high school sweethearts who married in 2000.  Eager to be a mother,
Alison and Tom started their family almost immediately.  It was when Alison became pregnant
with their second child that life threw them a curve ball. 

After enduring a threatened miscarriage in the first trimester, one phone call from Alison’s
doctor changed their lives forever.  “Your little girl has Down’s Syndrome,” he told them.

Stunned, Alison and Tom visited the doctor to find out what this meant.  The pediatrician
explained that children born with Down’s Syndrome often suffer from heart, liver, and other
internal organ issues, and that she would likely be in diapers until she was five… Then he
shared that he could recommend a good abortion clinic. 

When Alison confessed to the doctor that her first instinct was to keep her baby, he replied,
“Do you belong to some strange religion?”
 
Thoroughly discouraged as seeds of doubt birthed, Alison and Tom began to question their
ability to care for a child with special needs.  I can’t do this, Alison thought, I’m not strong
enough
. The couple visited their pastor, wanting to know if God would forgive them if they
aborted their baby.

In the end, Alison and Tom made the difficult decision to terminate the pregnancy. Together,
they visited the drug store to obtain the drugs necessary to begin the abortion process.  That’s
when everything changed again.  In a profound moment, Tom and Alison simultaneously but
separately heard God’s voice. “Don’t do this. You will be fine.  Your daughter will be fine.”

Miraculously, Alison and Tom realized they could not go through with the abortion and made
a second choice that would drastically impact their lives, and the life of their unborn daughter,
forever.  Feeling her little girl move inside her stomach, Alison cancelled the abortion and
began to prepare for her daughter’s birth, trusting God.

There were two promises He made that Alison and Tom clung to throughout this difficult
period in their lives. 

The first was that God always honors His promises: “Because God wanted to make the un-
changing nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed
it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible
for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encour-
aged.” (Hebrews 6:17-18 NIV)

As God had softly promised in the drugstore, Katie was born with a perfect heart and liver,
with no abnormalities of her internal organs.  Many of her milestones, such as potty training,
were met on time.  And despite some intellectual impairment, Katie’s learning comprehen-
sion continues to stun her parents.

The second promise was, whatever the circumstances, God will use it for good: “And we
know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called
according to His purpose.”  (Romans 8:28 NIV)

Today, Katie is full of love, gentleness, and fun. “It rips us apart to think of what we could have
done, and almost did, to our beautiful Katie,” Alison says. “We can’t imagine our lives without
her now.” 

Katie loves life and is a wonderful sister to her two siblings.  She is surrounded by a network
of people who love her deeply. Katie’s story offers hope to any parent facing this life or death
decision.

Some choose to view Katie’s and her family’s life as second-class when, in fact, this precious
girl teaches invaluable lessons to those around her – how God desires us to live our lives,
with gentleness, grace, unconditional love, enthusiasm, and joy.

Katie’s life – like every unborn life – is truly a life worth living.

Used by Permission, Copyright 2010 Julie Cave, All Rights Reserved

About Julie Cave:

  • Published author of Christian suspense fiction (www.nlpg.com)
    • Deadly Disclosures – May 2010
    • The Shadowed Mind – October 2010
    • Pieces of Light – due March 2011
  • Speaking ministry to churches, women’s groups, book clubs, etc
  • Multi-active leader with her church’s Women’s ministry and kids’ ministry
  • Formerly active with her church’s youth ministry and young adults’ ministry
  • Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science: Public Health
  • Julie and her family live on the east coast of Australia, surrounded by some of the
    best surf beaches in the world – “But I can’t surf!”

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