Priest’s Facebook Plea Saves Baby with Down Syndrome from Abortion
When you are pregnant you worry that something could go wrong. I know I worried through all of my pregnancies that one of a million things might steal my happiness, and sometimes something does, but usually it all works out in the end.
Recently, a young couple expecting their first child found out through pre-natal testing that their baby was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Feeling overwhelmed by the challenge of raising a child with Down syndrome, they planned to abort their unborn baby.
A priest, Reverend Thomas Vander Woude, heard about their predicament and reached out to offer to find a suitable adoptive family if the mother-to-be would agree to deliver the child. The nearly impossible bit was that she was almost six months pregnant already and the state she lives in prohibits abortions after 24 weeks, which meant that Reverend Vander Woude had to immediately find a family seriously willing to take on this lifelong commitment.
It looked like a long shot but he wouldn’t give up.
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 lead pastor at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, Virginia talked it over with a volunteer who manages the church’s social media pages and she took the plea to Facebook Monday morning. In a desperate last minute attempt to save the child, the following status update was posted.
“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 either call the church office or email them. The rectory opened at 9:30 a.m. and to the shock of Reverend Vander Woude there were already over 900 emails from people offering to adopt the baby and the phone was ringing so non-stop that another volunteer had to be brought in just to answer the phone. The deadline was beat and the choice for adoptive parents has been narrowed down to three potential families for the parents to choose from. Miracles happen every day, talk about a Hail Mary play.
I am sure that making the choice to abort the baby was the hardest decision these young parents-to-be have ever had to make but I commend them for knowing their limitations. It is easy, as a spectator, to cast judgment and condemn this couple for deciding to abort their baby. It is the easy thing to do (condemn them) but it’s not the right thing to do. These things are never black and white, ever.
Luckily, Reverend Vander Woude found his way into their lives and through the extreme kindness of strangers and one man taking the chance and asking for help, this baby will get a chance at life. Usually, I condemn Facebook for splitting up marriages or causing good people to go bad but in this case, I would say that Facebook saved a life. It truly is a miracle that any of this happened.