Guardian of the Galaxy Actor Chris Pratt: Preemie Baby “Renewed Our Faith in God”

National   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Aug 4, 2014   |   7:13PM   |   Washington, DC

In August of 2012, Guardian of the Galaxy actor, Chris Pratt, and his wife Anna Faris welcomed their first-born son, Jack Pratt to their family. The stars told PEOPLE Magazine that their now twenty-three month old son restored their faith in God after surviving a premature birth and spending a month in an intensive care unit.

“It started [for us] around the same time, and I don’t think one of us wanted it any more than the other,” says the Guardians of the Galaxy star, who talks with PEOPLE about fatherhood, marriage and his rise to fame in the magazine’s new issue. “She would say, ‘How do you feel about that?’ and I would say, ‘Damn, I’ve been kind of thinking about that too! I think that’d be cool. Let’s make that happen.’”

chrisprattJack was born nine-weeks early, and the couple said they felt “helpless” during this trying time but they prayed a lot. Pratt said, “The baby was so beautiful to us, and I look back at the photos of him and it must have been jarring for other people to come in and see him, but to us he was so beautiful and perfect.”

“We were scared for a long time,” Pratt, 35, says of the month that his first-born spent in an intensive care unit. “We prayed a lot.”

“It restored my faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really redefined it,” the actor says.

The actor, who rose to fame as Andy Dwyer in the hit NBC sitcom, Parks and Recreation, said before his son was born his career was his number one priority, but now his priority list has shifted and his son is at the top of it.

And now with Jack happy, healthy and approaching his second birthday, “he is such a fighter, he’s amazing,” Pratt says, laughing. “He’s so open and there’s no fear in him no matter what.”

With a smile, the proud dad adds, “He is so charming that my plan is to just let him take care of us as soon as he’s old enough.”

With advances in modern technology, the survival of preterm babies has greatly increased in the United States. Now, 90-95% of babies born at 28-31 weeks survive and are considered ‘moderately preterm’. Babies born at this gestation often need a ventilator machine to help them breathe for a period of time after the birth, but physicians go to great lengths to ensure their survival.

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However, in states like New Mexico, Colorado, and Maryland, unborn children at this age and later can be legally killed by excruciatingly painful abortions. The same nation that fights to save preemies as early as 5-months old, also allows these tiny humans to be killed because of “freedom of choice”. A civilized nation like America should see the hypocrisy in this and protect all life, before and after birth.