Tuesday, October 29, 2013

FROM LIVE ACTION: We need more stories like this!

Dear Friends,
I want to share a story I read at the Boston Globe. It's from the beginning of this year, but it will be relevant forever. It shows the inherent good of humanity...but it also highlights the extreme danger we face from a pro-abortion government.

In late 2012, Mary and Mark Gundrum, of Milwaukee, learned that their unborn baby boy had an encephalocele – "a rare disorder in which part of the brain was exposed, covered in skin, outside the head." In other words, the baby's face hadn't fused properly, leaving a huge gap separating the halves.

This is the sort of diagnosis that all too often results in abortion – via pressure from doctors, family members, and even spouses. But the Gundrums performed the ultimate act of love: they chose life for their baby.

So Dominic was born, and the encephalocele was severe. (You'll notice, though, that every picture shows him smiling!) Mary and Mark immediately sought out a skilled surgeon willing to help them, and they found him at Boston Children's Hospital.
Surgery, of course, would be very expensive and time-consuming, requiring a several-week stay over a thousand miles away. So Mary and Mark did what they had to: with utmost humility, they asked for help. They posted their petition online...and dozens of total strangers flocked to their aid.

Several families offered to house the Gundrums in Boston. Many more sent them food, groceries, and Christmas gifts, and still others offered transportation. And above all these material offers stood thousands and thousands of prayers for Dominic's well-being.

The surgery was a success, and a powerful impromptu support network made what could have been a terrible ordeal as smooth and easy as possible for these two parents and their precious baby boy.

So what does this have to do with ObamaCare? Well, just look at the chain of beautiful, proactive, loving events in this story.
  • Mary and Mark defied a terrible diagnosis and showed supreme love for their baby by giving him life – even though he wasn't what some would call "perfect," or even "normal."
  • The Gundrums needed help, and so they asked for it – personally, and with open hearts.
  • Without being commanded or forced to, people opened their homes, cars, and wallets to help this precious child.
It's clear from Dominic's story that people want to step up and help others. They rally together and give of themselves for the sake of even total strangers. In short, they take seriously the commandment to love thy neighbor as thyself.
These good Samaritans knew Dominic for what he was – not a burden, but a gift beyond price.

On the other hand, look at what our government encourages. ObamaCare subsidizes abortions – most plans even include a surcharge of at least a dollar a month, specifically for abortion funding. In states like Connecticut and Rhode Island, there isn't even a non-abortion-funding plan available on the exchanges, even though ObamaCare originally promised otherwise. And even where there are such plans, the law is written to make it very, very difficult to discern which plans cover abortion and which don't.

And don't forget the notorious HHS Mandate, which forces employers to pay for abortifacient drugs for employees.

The brutal, unavoidable fact is that ObamaCare, and the pro-abortion government that spawned it, make it easier to kill children like Dominic than to save them. Our government spits on human life as an inconvenience, a burden. ObamaCare shores up a lake of funds, taken by force or deception from taxpayers of conscience like you and me, to bankroll the systematic dismemberment and poisoning of our weakest children.

The very children who most need our help...destroyed. Murdered. And if the Department of Health and Human Services can't deceive us into paying for it, the IRS will force us to.

I hope you'll help me speak out against a government that incentivizes the destruction of the voiceless. Help me demand that our elected officials instead affirm life and strive to protect those who most need that protection.

The more we make our voices heard, the better our chances of reading more stories like Dominic's.

Yours in the fight for life,

Lila Rose
Live Action