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Pro-Life Perspective: “Lauren’s Story,” Part One

by | Oct 21, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

NRLC President Carol Tobias

One of the great pleasures of working for National Right to Life is receiving letters and emails that demonstrate courage so breathtaking it makes you ultra-proud to be a pro-lifer. Such a letter is the subject of “Pro-Life Perspective” for Thursday and Friday, hosted by National Right to Life President Carol Tobias.

And because it is such a special story—and a two-parter–I will only talk briefly today about what Mrs. Tobias discusses with you at

The letter came from a dad, whose daughter Lauren was prenatally diagnosed in 1993 to have spina bifida. This is a serious neural tube injury, often accompanied by hydrocephalus, a condition where fluid builds up in the brain and must be drained through a surgically implanted shunt.

The specifics of the family’s situation—well, you should listen. They are the kind of special circumstances where, when taken in condition with a diagnosis that the baby may have a serious problem, all too often end in an abortion.

If that weren’t enough to tilt the scales against life, the doctor told the couple that the mother was carrying a “non-viable fetus”——AND that the child would be a “vegetable”–and recommended an abortion.

The dad told National Right to Life, “We had every reason except for one. It wasn’t our right to make that choice.”

Go to and listen to “Lauren’s Story”——and be sure to pass the link along through your social networks.

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