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

by | Oct 22, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

NRLC President Carol Tobias

Yesterday National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias introduced us to Lauren by means of an email her dad sent to National Right to Life. Today at, Mrs. Tobias completes the remarkable story of Lauren who was diagnosed in utero with spina bifida.

As she pointed out, the medical diagnosis couldn’t have come at a worse time: her parents were struggling financially. A couple with less steel in their spines and love in their hearts would have taken their doctor’s recommendation to have an abortion.

In Part Two, which I will not spoil by going into detail, Mrs. Tobias carries on Lauren’s story, beginning with how Lauren was born four months premature at just 1b. 8 ounces and with the odds “stacked against her.”

Quoting from the email, Mrs. Tobias  says that Lauren “had to go immediately to surgery to repair the open lesion in her spinal column, a surgery that she wasn’t supposed to survive.  She had to be resuscitated twice before the surgery could even start.” Over the years Lauren has had three score surgeries.

But her dad then tells us something very, very important:

“But you know what?  Those don’t define her.  The fact that she has spina bifida doesn’t define her. That she sits in a wheelchair doesn’t define her.  My wife’s and I decision to have her doesn’t define her.

“She defines herself.” 

I’ve already gone too far. A remarkable story, which you listen to, beginning with yesterday’s program. You can find all five of this week’s PLP episodes at

You already know that her dad’s correspondence is a love story. As you listen today, you will be blessed by Lauren’s  life-affirming story in more ways than you can imagine.

Come back on Monday to listen to Mrs. Tobias’s broadcast whose title  is “Now, More than Ever.”

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