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“The Right Choice”: A Viral Video About Love & Devotion

by | Nov 11, 2013

By Carol Tobias, President of National Right to Life

Chris, Christian, and Lacey Buchanan

Chris, Christian, and Lacey Buchanan

The era of Facebook, YouTube and social media has allowed so many wonderful stories to break through the din – stories that would never get seen or heard that affirm the value and dignity of life.

Though, rarely have I found a YouTube video that will grab your heart—and hold on more firmly—than “The Right Choice.”  It is Christian’s story—the son of Lacey and Chris Buchanan—a tender but not sugarcoated recollection of how the couple moved from joy at discovering Lacey was pregnant, to frantic worry that “something was wrong” with their unborn son, to a safe birth in 2011 after which they discovered Christian was blind.

The video is also an account of what happened when she first took Christian out in public (of how that sapped her spirits) and what has transpired since. Lacey tells the story by holding up to the camera pieces of paper with short narratives.

“I couldn’t go anywhere without someone doing something to point out Christian,” Buchanan said through pieces of paper. “Some people would even ask me, ‘What’s wrong with your son?’” Indeed, one asked why she hadn’t aborted him.

Christian was born “without eyes,” by which she means (as she explains on her blog at a condition known as Microphalmia—literally “little eyes.” Christian is not completely blind; he “has some light and dark perception at best,” Lacey explains on her blog.

But Christian’s condition drew plenty of stares. People can be so cruel. But as he made small steps forward it buoyed Lacey’s spirits. Christian’s development was slowed down because of his vision problems, but that hasn’t stopped this feisty young man one bit. When he first began laughing and playing, it was a great triumph for the Buchanan family.

We talk very often on Pro-Life Perspective and write a lot in National Right to Life News about people with disabilities. They are a prime target of the “assisted suicide” movement, when older; and of the prenatal eugenics crowd, when they are in utero.

That’s one of the many reasons “The Right Choice” is so powerful. Lacey is candid about the struggles and the challenges which makes her recollections of the steps forward all the more encouraging and honest. She said she “gasped” when a Facebook friend described her as the “epitome” of a good mother. To the outsider she does seem like a terrific mom.

The video is a no-holds-barred recounting of a couple that had no experience raising a child, let alone one who was almost entirely blind. With music by recording artists Fernando Ortega and Chris Tomlin playing gently in the background, the viewer is captivated not only by this Christian couple’s courageous story but by the range of emotions that play out on Lacey’s face.

She communicates not just with those sheets of white lined paper held up to the camera but with a smile and a near-tear. It is not for nothing that she ends with “those judgmental glances & whispers don’t really bother me anymore. Because I know Chris is beautiful, inside and out.”

Lacey adds poignantly,

“I also know I did the right thing by not aborting Christian. He is the love of my life.”

You can watch the video and follow Lacey on Facebook. I encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day to visit the website, watch the video and read the website.

Then take a few more minutes to share it with your friends and family and neighbors over email, thru Facebook or Twitter, or by whatever means easiest.

Stories like that of Christian, and the powerful witness his parents provide in favor of life, help re-humanize those brave souls who have been dehumanized by our society for far too long.