A pro-life group in Wisconsin is reaching out with a compassionate plea to a family planning to abort their late-term unborn baby because of a fatal diagnosis.
Wisconsin Right to Life wants the family to know that there are other options for their unborn son in the short time they may have left with him.
Earlier this week, LifeNews reported the family’s story as told by their pro-abortion OBGYN Amanda Schmehil-Micklos. The Madison, Wisconsin doctor told Wisconsin Public Radio that her patient Bonnie is carrying a baby boy that has a lethal skeletal genetic condition. When the family found out their unborn son’s condition at 20 weeks, they decided to abort him rather than let him live for what ever amount of time he has left.
To have a late-term abortion, Bonnie must travel to Chicago because of Wisconsin’s 20-week abortion ban, Schmehil-Micklos said. The doctor said she decided to begin a GoFundMe campaign to help Bonnie and her husband, Nick, pay for the late-term abortion and travel expenses.
The campaign raised more than $3,000 for the family as of Tuesday; however, when LifeNews returned to the fundraising page on Thursday morning, the campaign had been removed.
Hearing about the heartbreaking story, people contacted Wisconsin Right to Life to ask if something could be done to encourage Bonnie and her husband, Nick, to consider other options for their unborn son.
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The pro-life group posted an open letter to the couple on its blog, with the hope that they will see it and reconsider. The letter reads:
Nick and Bonnie,
We at Wisconsin Right to Life want you to know that you are not alone, and that we want to help your family in this difficult time. You deserve to be empowered with all relevant information to your situation and you deserve extensive support.
We want you to know that facing a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis is incredibly difficult, but that there is hope for your unborn child. First and foremost, we encourage you to seek out a second opinion on your prenatal diagnosis. Not all prenatal diagnoses are correct – one popular test can be incorrect up to 50% of the time in providing a positive result that a child has a disability, as the New England Center for Investigative Reporting discovered. We don’t want you to make an irreversible decision based on faulty information, because you all deserve better.
Also know that there are many life-affirming options available to you. If you give your child the gift of life, no matter how short your child’s life may be, know that the Salchert family right here in Wisconsin is ready and happy to take in your child and love him or her for as long as time allows. You can learn more at www.safehaven4babies.org. If you choose to give your child the gift of life and wish to be with your child in his or her last moments, Hope After Loss is an organization more than happy to walk with you in your journey of grief and healing, and their website is www.hopeafterloss.org.
Please know that both you and your unborn child deserve to be spared from the pain of abortion. Your child’s diagnosis will not detract from his or her ability to feel pain from an abortion procedure at 20 weeks post-fertilization age, nor will it spare you from the pain of prematurely losing your little one.
Know that you don’t have to make this decision immediately. If you need someone to talk to in a non-judgmental and caring environment, call First Care Clinic at 608-259-1605. They are willing to listen and help you, before and after pregnancy, and whether or not you decide to abort.
We are here for you and your unborn child, and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is here to give your family hope.
-Wisconsin Right to Life
The couple’s story became public after their OBGYN, Schmehil-Micklos, spoke to the local NPR about the late-term abortion fundraiser. Schmehil-Micklos also used the couple’s tragic circumstances to attack the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which Gov. Scott Walker signed into law in July.
Abortion activists often push abortion on families of unborn babies with fatal diagnoses or diagnosis of a disability, claiming that the abortion will end the unborn child’s suffering. However, scientific evidence shows that unborn babies suffer excruciating pain during late-term abortions. It is exactly unborn babies like Bonnie and Nick’s who the Wisconsin law is meant to protect.
Fortunately, there are a growing number of programs to help families facing a fatal prenatal diagnosis. Programs like perinatal hospice recognize the humanity of unborn babies by helping families to make memories with their baby and plan for the baby’s death, just as the family would with any other person. They provide emotional support, counseling, help making plans for the baby’s life and death, and even photography and other services that help memorialize the baby’s life.
As Wisconsin Right to Life told the news outlet, both parents and the “unborn child deserve to be spared from the pain of abortion.”