A woman from North Carolina, who had just started the procedure of a chemical abortion, had a sudden change of heart that saved the life of her babies.
When she was six weeks pregnant, she entered a Preferred Women’s Health Center, an abortion center in Charlotte, with the intention of terminating her pregnancy.
“Oh, twins,” commented a technician performing an ultrasound, as reported by Fox News. The pseudonym “Alexis” was used by Pregnancy Help News to protect her identity.
Those two words were all Alexis needed to hear. She didn’t even see the ultrasound. She had always dreamt of giving birth to twins. However, she had already started the process of ending her pregnancy. She had taken the first “abortion pill” of RU-486 and was handed the next pill to take within 48 hours. Mifepristone stops the natural hormone progesterone and makes the lining of the uterus let go of the unborn baby. Misoprostol invokes contractions to deliver the dead little one.
Alexis walked out of the abortion facility in a daze. Then she recalled something a sidewalk counselor told her: “It might not be too late for you—AbortionPillReversal.com—they can still help you save your baby.” Just a moment later, she was talking on the phone with HELP Pregnancy Center, frantic to find out if she could go back on her decision.
“We got her started on the abortion pill reversal treatment extremely fast,” said Courtney Parks, abortion pill reversal coordinator for HELP Pregnancy Center.
Directly after administering the treatment by Heartbeat International’s Abortion Pill Rescue Network, Parks and Alexis wept as they viewed the ultrasound.
“If I had known what I know now, and I had seen how the Lord has provided for these babies,” Alexis told Parks. “I would have never even walked into that clinic.”
A baby shower was provided by the pregnancy center and several months later Alexis gave birth to two healthy babies.
Andrea Trudden, director of communications and marketing for Heartbeat International, told Fox News that she hopes more women find out about the life-saving protocol.
“Abortion Pill Rescue truly is the last chance these women have to choose life for their babies,” Trudden said. “These twins represent just two of the more than 750 lives that have been saved through abortion pill reversal since 2012.”
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A 17-year-old Algerian citizen, Feuzi Zabaat, is being pronounced a hero. Footage has gone viral that shows him catching a young girl when she fell from the second-floor window of a Turkish building.
Zabaat was walking on a street in the Fatih district of Istanbul last week. That is when he noticed a little girl playing near an open window, as reported by the Saudi Gazette.
The CCTV videotape shows Zabaat in a yellow shirt looking up as he stood in the street, aware that the girl’s safety was in jeopardy. He stretched out his hands, anticipating her fall, and astonishingly catches the toddler, who was identified as a 2-year-old Syrian girl, Doha Muhammed.
“I was just walking in the road when I saw the little girl at the window,” Zabaat said. “She fell, and thanks to God, I caught her before she hit the ground,” he told AFP in an interview, as reported by Fox News.
The little girl tripped and fell out of the window when her mother was cooking. She was not injured. Her family was thankful for Zabaat’s amazing catch, and gave him 200 Liras or $35 USD, as reported by USA Today.
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A little girl was born weighing only as much as an apple.
A hospital in San Diego revealed that the girl is believed to be the tiniest surviving micro-preemie in the world. She weighed only 8.6 ounces when she was born in December.
The girl, who nurses called “Saybie” was born 23 weeks and three days into her mother’s 40-week pregnancy. Saybie’s Father was told after her birth that he would only have an hour to be with his daughter before she passed away.
“But that hour turned into two hours, which turned into a day, which turned into a week,” the mother said in a video released by Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, as reported by Mail Tribune.
It has been five months since Saybie was born and in late May she returned home from the hospital as a healthy infant. She was five pounds.
The hospital said that Saybie’s family wanted to remain anonymous, but they gave permission to share her story.
According to the Tiniest Baby Registry that is upheld by the University of Iowa, Saybie is the world’s smallest baby ever to survive.
Professor of pediatrics from the University of Iowa, Dr. Edward Bell, said that Saybie had the lowest medically confirmed birth weight submitted to the registry.
However, “we cannot rule out even smaller infants who have not been reported to the Registry,” he said in an email to The Associated Press.
The previous tiniest baby was born in Germany in 2015. But Saybie officially broke that record by weighing seven grams less.
In a video created by the hospital, the mother said that the birth was the scariest day of her life.
She said that she was taken to the hospital because she was not feeling well. When she got there, she was told that she had a damaging condition called preeclampsia, which causes the blood pressure to skyrocket. She needed to give birth right away.
“I kept telling them she’s not going to survive, she’s only 23 weeks,” the mother said.
But in her neonatal intensive care unit, Saybie did survive.
As she gained pounds over the months, a pink sign was placed by her crib. It read “Tiny but Might.”
“You could barely see her in the bed she was so tiny,” nurse Emma Wiest said in the video.
When Saybie was ready to leave the unit, nurses positioned a tiny graduation cap on her head.
The tiny little girl has massive challenges ahead of her as a micro-preemie, defined as an infant born before 28 weeks of gestation. Babies like Saybie can face vision and hearing problems, developmental issues and many other complications.
Michelle Kling, of March of Dimes, said that many micro-preemies don’t survive their first year. March of Dimes is a nonprofit that seeks to improve the health of mothers and babies.
To date, Saybie has defied the odds.
“She’s a miracle, that’s for sure,” said Kim Norby, another nurse featured in the video.
“I just want her to know how strong she is,” nurse Emily Wiest said. “There’s nothing she can’t do.”
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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, broke the status quo on May 30 by signing a bill that would protect the unborn when a fetal heartbeat is detected.
“I call on the overwhelming bipartisan majority of legislators who voted for it [the bill] to join me in continuing to build a better Louisiana that cares for the least among us and provides more opportunity for everyone,” Edwards said on Twitter, as reported by Fox News.
The proposed law defending the unborn applies to pregnancies as early as six weeks. The legislature includes exceptions for only circumstances that are “medically futile” such as when the health of the mother is at risk. Babies that result from rape or incest are protected under this law.
The signing of this law makes Louisiana the fifth state to pass a fetal heartbeat bill, preceded by Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio. You can read about the heartbeat bill passed in Georgia here.
The bills that have been passed in these states challenge the constitutional right to an abortion that was given by the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling in 1973.
Gov. Ivey of Alabama signed a bill on May 15 that would make carrying out abortions, at any stage of pregnancy, a felony crime that could even lead to imprisonment for life. Ivey’s bill has no exceptions except for health risks to the mother.
The bill signed by Edwards would make doctors and medical providers, who conduct abortions in Louisiana, liable to up to two years in prison and cause them to lose their medical license.
Many of the bills passed in various states have been challenged in court and deemed unconstitutional. State lawmakers aim to cause controversy that will lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a pro-life bill on May 24 that protects babies in the womb after eight weeks of pregnancy.
“By signing this bill today, we are sending a strong signal to the nation that, in Missouri, we stand for life, protect women’s health, and advocate for the unborn,” Parson said in a statement, as reported by U.S. News. “All life has value and is worth protecting.”
Earlier in May, Parson signed House Bill 126, the “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act,” after it passed the state Senate and the House. Several similar bills have been passed recently that protect unborn babies after a heartbeat is detected, such as in Alabama and Georgia.
This Missouri bill protects the unborn after eight weeks of pregnancy, allowing exceptions for medical emergencies, such as averting the death or permanent physical impairment of the pregnant woman.
Like the law passed in Alabama, Missouri’s bill also protects babies conceived from rape or incest. Anybody who performs or induces an abortion will be considered guilty of a class B felony and could face five to 15 years in prison.
The bill also protects unborn children that have a diagnosis of possible Down Syndrome. In addition, unborn babies would be protected from abortion if their parent does not approve of their sex.
The bill comes with a provision that would eradicate abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Missouri is the eighth state to pass a “heartbeat” law regarding abortion in 2019, as reported by Jurist.
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