The San Francisco 49ers won a big playoff victory today against the Carolina Panthers. But, in an interview last year, the team’s quarterback said he had already received the biggest victory of his life. Because he was adopted…
As Lauren Enriquez of Texas Right to Life tells it:
His adoptive parents were featured in the interview, proudly reading a letter that Colin had written to himself as a child: Kaepernick had predicted in junior high that he would be a 49’ers quarterback by the time he was out of college. His prediction came true, and—in addition to his colossal talent—the love and support that Colin received from his adoptive family seem to have made a huge impact on the success of his career.
Kapernick’s birth mother was a 19-year-old young woman who wanted the best for her son but knew that she was not the one who could give it to him. She searched for adoptive parents who would be able to love her son, provide him with siblings, take care of him financially, and expose him to her love for sports.
She found the perfect match in Rick and Teresa Kaepernick when Colin was 5 weeks old. The couple, who had two healthy children and had tragically lost two sons to complications related to heart defects, were seeking to adopt a son. Colin completed their family and, and his birth mother could take heart knowing that her son would grow up with everything she had wanted for him.
In fact, without pro-life parents like Colin’s, the athletic world would be without quite a number of sports figures who have grown to behemoth fame, including Tim Tebow and Michael Phelps. Imagine that Colin’s mom had not chosen life, and that his parents were not given the blessing of adopting him.
As has been recounted countless times, Tim Tebow is alive today because his mother also decided against an abortion.
In 1985, the Tebow family, with four children, was living in the Philippines as missionaries. Pam Tebow contracted amoebic dysentery, likely from contaminated drinking water. She fell into a coma and received strong drugs to combat the infection.
It turned out she was pregnant with her fifth child. Those drugs caused the placenta to detach from the uterine wall, depriving the fetus—which I prefer to call the child—of oxygen.
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When it was realized that she was pregnant, doctors stopped the drugs but said that the high doses of medicine had already damaged the fetus (you don’t call him or her a baby when you want him aborted, but in fact that “product of conception” was Timmy Tebow, the same person who is now just older and bigger).
The doctors believed there was danger to Pam and that the baby would not survive, or if he did, would have very serious problems.
His parents went to the best doctor in their area of the Philippines. The doctor told his mother in a slow monotone that “An abortion is the only way to save your life.”
As Tim says in his book, “According to [the doctor], the ‘mass of fetal tissue’ or ‘tumor’—me—had to go.”
Pam refused to have an abortion and asked for God’s help. She was in bed rest at a Manila hospital for the final two months of the pregnancy.