The Suzy B Blog
Feb 7, 2014
About twenty weeks into pregnancy, Robbyn and Josh Blick were told their unborn baby boy had Trisomy 18, known as “Edwards syndrome.” This fatal genetic disorder would surely limit the length of their child’s life outside of the womb. Still, Josh and Robbyn decided to bring baby Zion into the world and to enjoy every moment they had with him.
Although he died just ten days after his birth, baby Zion became a source of hope and faith for people around the world.
Zion’s family made a beautiful video documenting his time. In the video, Robbyn tells her son, “you are my gift. Every breath you took was a moment to inhale the perfection of God’s beauty. Every beat of your heart was a measure of love.”
Zion’s brothers and other family members are also seen holding him in the hospital and singing “Happy birthday” to him on the one week anniversary of his birth. The video also features tweets and other testimonials from supporters around the world praising Zion, his family, and God.
One message to the parents read, “Your son made a more profound impact on more lives in ten days than I could hope to accomplish in my lifetime. I love you.”
Zion’s beautiful story is counterculture in a world where it has become the norm to abort babies given a severe prenatal diagnosis. Thirteen states and the U.S. House have all voted to protect 20-week babies from the pain of abortion, but groups in opposition argue that late-term abortion is necessary in cases where the child is severely disabled. Without uttering a single word, baby Zion challenged the idea that only a “perfect,” “planned” life is worth living. The Blicks have become a source of hope for families in similar situations .
Last October, SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser addressed this issue in The Hill, saying:
“Where a lethal fetal anomaly does exist, patients and their families can and should be offered the compassionate, ethical option of perinatal hospice to support them. Studies have shown that carrying a fatally ill child to term rather than performing a late abortion does not result in increased maternal mortality. On the other hand, it brings comfort to parents who can indeed parent their child as long as time permits. Perinatal hospice also allows families to mourn, the same way in which we would allow families with an adult member for whom treatment has become futile. There are now at least 127 perinatal hospices in the United States.”
Indeed, many families find peace and joy in bringing their children into the world, even when their lives are sure to be short. Testimonies from Isaiah’s Promise, a ministry in Silver Spring, MD that supports families with severe or fatal prenatal diagnoses, provide evidence of this peace.
“We decided that we were “all in” for our little girl,” said one family. “And when she was placed in our arms and we got to look into the face of an angel, we felt overwhelmingly blessed and happy beyond words.”
Other parents said, “We were blessed with our beautiful angel for almost 7 months. We would not trade a moment of the joy and peace we received from being Thomas’ parents for all of the suffering that came from his diagnosis and passing.”
These courageous families teach us that even in the face of unimaginable challenges, every life deserves to be lived, and every person has the capacity to change the world.
For additional info on Zion, read The Blaze's story on his short but remarkable life.Read More
Jan 30, 2014
Pro-Life Representatives Speaking Out for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
The House of Representatives passed the common sense, bipartisan No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7), making permanent the Hyde Amendment and putting an end to taxpayer-funded abortions.
Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)
Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Parts 2 & 3
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA)
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL)
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)
Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)
Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-MS)
Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS)
Tags: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
Jan 29, 2014
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers & the Culture of Life
Last night, pro-life leader and longtime friend of the SBA List, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) gave a stellar response to the State of the Union. McMorris Rodgers, the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress, is a pro-life rock star who was introduced to a nationwide audience.
After becoming the first in her family to go to college, she was elected to Congress in 2004 with almost 60% of the vote. During her tenure, she has risen to become the highest-ranking woman in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the House, she has been a strong leader in the pro-life movement, voting to ban-late term abortion and sex-selection abortion and has been a steadfast supporter of parental rights. In 2012, she was outspoken in combating the deceitful “War on Women” meme.
Rodgers’ personal story is inspiring. After being elected to Congress, she met and was married to retired Navy commander Brian Rodgers in 2006. Together, they have had three children since 2007, making McMorris Rodgers the first woman to have three children while serving in the U.S. Congress.
In her speech last night, McMorris Rodgers discussed those three children. When their first son, Cole, was diagnosed with Down syndrome three days after his birth, McMorris Rodgers said:
“When we looked at our son, we saw possibilities. We saw a Gift from God. Today we see a six-year-old boy who dances to Bruce Springsteen; who reads above grade level; and who is the best big brother in the world. We see all the things he can do, not those he can’t. Cole and his sisters, Grace and Brynn, have only made me more determined to see the potential in every human life – that whether we are born with an extra twenty-first chromosome or without a dollar to our name – we are not defined by our limits, but by our potential.”
After working tirelessly in Congress to promote the dignity of every human life, McMorris Rogers used her primetime speech to bring that personal message to the entire country.
A wife, mother, and a strong pro-life legislator, she is an inspiration to women and girls across America. She stands in stark contrast to President Obama who last week celebrated the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade by saying “this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.”
Women do not need abortion to fulfill their dreams. Rep. McMorris Rodgers gives a beautiful witness in showing how her son’s life, his ability to live and fulfill his dreams, has not damaged her ability to fulfill her own dreams, as she has become one of the leading women in American politics. She has not been “punished” with babies; she has been blessed with a family that inspires her to be a better legislator.
Last night, Americans were subject to the same worn-out rhetoric they have grown accustomed to from President Obama. But after his State of the Union, Americans had the opportunity to hear the response from a Congresswoman who has lived a life in opposition to the tired talking points and false assumptions of the Left. In the context of her own inspiring story, McMorris Rodgers provided a plan that for a country that “dreams big for everyone and turns its back on no one.” It was a reminder that we must stand for a bright future for all Americans, born and unborn.Read More
Tags: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, State of the Unborn