The following column comes from U.S. Representative Mike Bost, a pro-life Congressman from Illinois, and his two daughters:
Life is not only a deeply personal issue to me. It’s also a family issue. That is why I wrote
this column with my daughters.
America is only as strong as our willingness to protect the weakest and most vulnerable
among us. As a Christian, the father of three and the grandfather of eleven, I know that the
love that a family feels for their children doesn’t begin on the day the child is born; it
begins when they learn that their prayers have been answered and that a new life is being
brought into this world. My firm belief in the sanctity of life and the experiences of my
family and I have enabled me to continue to fight for the rights of those who cannot fight
Nearly one million abortions are performed in America each year, which amounts to more
than 2,700 each day. That’s one per minute. Studies show most Americans would like to
limit abortion to the first trimester. Despite this, the United States is one of only 7
countries in the world that allows abortions after the first 5 months of pregnancy. While
media outlets may make it appear that the pro-life movement is dwindling, the annual
March for Life held last Friday shows the movement is stronger than ever.
As a man of faith and a member of the Pro-Life Caucus, I have supported legislation in
Congress to eliminate taxpayer funding for abortion and preserve pro-life health care
providers’ rights of conscience. I believe life begins at conception and all innocent life is
precious. That is why I will continue to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.
Kaitlin Rose (Bost)
The true value of a baby’s life hit home for me when I watched my sister give birth to two
beautiful baby girls that wouldn’t come home with her that day. The heartache I felt losing
my nieces was one of the hardest moments in my life. I knew right then how valuable
those tiny babies’ lives were.
At 18, I found myself with a choice. But that choice never crossed my mind. Four and a
half years later, I found myself seeing how valuable a baby’s life was once again, when
our youngest daughter Tinley was born. 10 minutes after having her, she began to turn
blue, and was rushed back to the NICU due to pulmonary hypertension – later being air
lifted to Children’s Hospital. As my husband and I drove there, all I could think about was
how precious she was and how I couldn’t lose her. When we arrived, she was fully relying
on a ventilator. I was fully relying on God.
Throughout the 21 long days in the NICU, hundreds of people were praying daily for
Tinley and us. God answered our prayers. The doctor did not have a medical explanation
the day things started looking up. I have no doubt
God was in control. I still have no doubt
God was in control that day.
Kasey Fred (Bost)
The hardest thing a parent will ever do to lay their child to rest. That is why I co-founded
Tender Mercies Foundation of Southern Illinois with two other mothers affected by
pregnancy and infant loss.
Tender mercies of the Lord are very personal and individualized blessings, strength,
protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual
gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Our
goal is to provide a safe and comfortable resting place for children sleeping in Christ.