A woman who is 5 months pregnant is planning to travel from Texas to New Mexico today to have a late-term abortion because the unborn child she is carrying has been diagnosed as having Down syndrome.
Local New Mexico-based pro-life advocate Tara Shaver tells LifeNews she was contacted by the pro-life community in Lubbock, Texas this past weekend about the woman and her husband and their plans to have an abortions. Shaver is concerned that the Christian church the couple attends in Texas is counseling them to have an abortion, or at least defending the decision because the baby is disabled.
“While we know that a huge majority of women obtaining abortions claim to be Christian, the Mom and Dad attend Hillside Christian Church’s Lubbock Campus. Hillside’s mission is to ‘Love God as we lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.’ However, when the Mom and Dad approached their Executive Pastor, Rich Jones, to seek wise counsel, they were prayed with and apparently sympathized with,” she said. “In fact, when concerned individuals in Lubbock reached out to Pastor Jones to make sure that he made every effort to save the life of this little girl, he was more concerned that there had been a HIPAA violation than he was about the impending death of a child. He even went so far as to call those contacting him ‘self-righteous’ and instructed them ‘not to contact the family.'”
“According to Pastor Jones, he has a worked in the healthcare profession for over 30 years. That seems to be lens that he is approaching this dire situation from. He apparently is operating off of a worldly mindset when biblical truth, relevant application of God’s word, and just basic biblical common is what this family under is care needs most,” Shaver said.
Shaver said she contacted pastor Jones but did not receive a returned phone call. She left messages with other pastors as well and says she has not received any calls from the church.
Shaver said she and other pro-life people plan to stand outside the abortion clinic today with the hopes of meeting the couple and helping them choose life.
“We along with many others have prayed have made phone calls, we have made every effort to preserve the life of this living innocent human child who has been created in the image of God. We will even be present today as a last of line of defense for this baby outside of the late term abortion killing center,” she said.
The percentage of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome before birth and who eventually become victims of abortions is outlandishly high. Studies show somewhere in the neighborhood of 70-90 percent of unborn babies with Down syndrome are victimized by abortions. Abortion has ultimately wiped out about 30% percent of the Down syndrome community.