The Suzy B Blog

Jul 29, 2013
Welcome Abigail Rose Beutler!


Congratulations to Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler and her husband Daniel Beutler on the birth of their beautiful baby daughter! On July 15, Beutler gave birth to Abigail Rose Beutler at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Abigail’s birth is quite the miracle: she is the first baby to survive her fetal diagnosis formerly thought to be fatal.

Doctors diagnosed Abigail with Potter’s Syndrome caused by bilateral renal agenesis during the second trimester of pregnancy. Abigail’s consequent absence of kidneys, and accompanying lack of amniotic fluid, impeded her lungs from properly developing. Unfortunately, babies in this condition are typically born with undeveloped lungs and are unable to breath upon birth.

However, a team of specialized physicians at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore treated Herrera Beutler with amniofusion—a process in which a saline solution is injected into the womb in the place of amniotic fluid to allow for the baby’s lungs to develop. Although born at only 28-weeks gestation with no kidneys, Abigail continues to defy physicians’ expectations. “Despite Abigail’s prematurity, small size and life-threatening disease, she is doing well…Together with our colleagues in pediatric nephrology, we are cautiously optimistic about her future” said Dr. Louis Halamek, neonatologist at Packard Children’s Hospital. Although this treatment is far from a conclusive remedy for Abigail’s diagnosis, it certainly is a step in the right direction.

Thrilled to hold her newest bundle of joy, Herrera Beutler said, “We are grateful to the thousands who joined us in praying for a miracle. But most of all, we are grateful to God for hearing those prayers.” We share Jaime and Daniel’s delight in witnessing this little miracle, who already is teaching the world the power of perseverance and the value of life.

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Tags: Herrera Beutler, premature birth
Jul 26, 2013
North Carolina Pro-Life legislation

Yesterday the North Carolina Senate passed the Safe Harbor for Victims of Sex Trafficking Bill (SB 683) and the Health and Safety Changes Act (SB 353).  Both bills are wonderful accomplishments for women, children, and families in North Carolina and show building pro-life momentum for the rest of the country!

SB 683 increases protection for victims of and imposes more punishments on the perpetrators of sex trafficking.  The passage of this bill also stipulates that minors involved with sex trafficking will be treated as victims.  SB 353 ensures that abortion facilities will have commonsense medical safety standards to protect women’s health, bans sex-selection abortions (usually carried out against unborn baby girls), and it disallows taxpayer funding of abortion.  SB 353 also defends healthcare workers and hospitals in refusing to perform abortions due to their moral beliefs.

SB 353 will protect women’s health and ensure their safety.  Within the last year, a health department investigation of a clinic in Charlotte exposed the facility as “an imminent threat to the health and safety of patients,” with “dead insects, blood splatters, and dirty surgical instruments inside.”  SB 353 works to prevent these types of clinics from operating, and it is only right.  Women deserve better than these atrocious conditions. 

Truly this is a great moment for North Carolina!  Women’s health will be further protected, the rights of ethical and religious beliefs are being preserved, and ultimately lives of women and children will be saved.  This passage further exemplifies the fact that the tide is turning.  More pro-life legislation is passing as the truth about the dark business of abortion is revealed.  In noting the passage of the legislation, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser lauded the North Carolina legislators, saying that “They stand for the dignity and safety of all women, not the profit-driven abortion industry.”  SB 353 does just that, it stands for the dignity of women. 

A huge thank-you goes out to the legislators of North Carolina who courageously work to uphold a culture of life, and we eagerly await the signature of the governor, signing these bills into law.    

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Tags: abortion, legislation, North Carolina
Jul 25, 2013
More Polls Show Americans Support Protecting Babies After 20 weeks

Two polls are out this morning showing the majority of Americans support efforts to end abortion on-demand after the fifth month of pregnancy, or 20 weeks. The polls also show that women are more likely to back these efforts than men.

  • An ABC News/WaPo poll shows that Americans back this legislation by a 29-point margin, with 56% supporting and 27% opposing. The poll also shows 60% support among women, versus 53% support among men. The poll also showed a majority of Hispanics consider themselves pro-life.
  • Meanwhile, a WSJ/NBC News poll shows that a plurality of Americans would back efforts by their respective state legislatures to end abortion at 20 weeks by a 7-point margin, 44% to 37%. The poll also noted that “more women than men supported the state bans,” and that “even college-educated women, a group that strongly supports abortion rights, tipped toward favoring the 20-week restrictions.” Finally, the poll noted, “passion for the issue is highest among those who oppose abortion rights.”

These two polls come on the heels of a poll conducted by The Huffington Post showing that Americans back ending abortion at 20 weeks by a 29 point margin, and a National Journal poll showing similar results, including majority support among independents, young Americans, and women.

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Tags: fetal pain, polls
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