TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:
BRAD & JESI SMITH
Though their prolife views were developed long before their marriage and children, Brad and Jesi Smith's fifth child, Faith, tested and ultimately strengthened those views. Faith was diagnosed in the womb with Trisomy 18, a grave and frequently fatal medical condition. Faith was not expected to survive long after her birth. This resulted in multiple doctors advising the Smiths to abort their daughter.
After birth and throughout Faith's childhood, the Smiths have fought many battles to have her symptoms treated when doctors were reluctant to pursue lifesaving treatment options. They share their family's story to challenge society's often low view of the most vulnerable of human lives. Inspired by the support they received from other families in similar situations, Brad and Jesi became determined to help other families as well. They worked with Michigan legislators in 2013 to secure passage of a new Michigan law called the Medical Good-Faith Provisions Act, requiring hospitals and doctors to provide parents and guardians with their policies on medical futility (i.e. a refusal to treat). By allowing those making health decisions to be more informed and better able to find doctors willing to help, precious lives can be saved. They have shared their story through the Detroit Free Press, Bill Bennett's Morning in America, and The Janet Mefford Show, as well as other local media outlets in metro Detroit.