On Easter Sunday, 2013, I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, and I was transferred to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital immediately. One day, a well-meaning visitor tried to comfort me by sharing that advances were being made in human embryonic stem cell research and possible treatments for leukemia might be a result. I shuddered at the casual contemplation of trading the life of one individual in order to save another. FULL STORY
For Amanda Thomas, adoption is simultaneously normal and exceptional. Herself an adoptee, Amanda and her husband Matthew recently welcomed their son Henry through the loving option of adoption. Just like her adoptive parents, she has an older child through birth and a younger child through adoption. While challenges are often the face of adoption seen by many, Amanda wants people to know the joy that adoption can bring. FULL STORY
So many in an unplanned pregnancy feel they are alone and have no other choice but abortion. With compassion and support, however, women feel they can choose life for their unborn child—even in difficult circumstances. Sheriff Kim Cole can attest to that after facing a unique decision about one inmate's choice for her son. FULL STORY
"Slow code" for many is a term in abstract debates on medical ethics, but for Brad and Jesi Smith, it became a well-defined fixture in their lives and the life of their daughter Faith, who has the disease Trisomy 18. The Smiths believed doctors always looked out for the best interests of their patients, but they were wrong. A "slow code" is the practice of doctors giving the appearance of providing life-saving treatment to patients, but in reality withholding effective care to ensure the patient dies. FULL STORY
Adeline Raymond defied the odds. She was given a one-in-ten chance of surviving her birth, not by her doctors, but by statistics. If it were up to some of her doctors, Adeline wouldn't have made it. Her parents Andy and Ida said they were told by doctors to abort her. Adeline's misfortune was being diagnosed in the womb with multiple birth defects. FULL STORY
Bringing hardworking men and women together with generous organizations allows pregnancy health centers to receive the ultrasound machines that they desperately need. Through this model, the Livingston County Ultrasound Initiative (LCUI) has provided seven ultrasound machines for pregnancy centers, with more on the way. FULL STORY
New fair booth ideas are tough to come up with. Creating a balance between drawing people to your booth and educating the fairgoers is difficult. Fortunately Laura Hammes has been able to do that several times for Ingham County Right to Life’s fair activities. Laura, the educational coordinator for the Right to Life of Michigan Lansing Resource Center, invented yet another ingenious activity for the Ingham County Fair. Adopt-a-baby uses fetal models to draw people to the booth and help educate them about fetal development. FULL STORY
Hardworking and passionate are two words that describe Haili Gusa. She is full of energy to advocate for babies and she inspires other youth to take a stand for the unborn.
Haili, an eighth grader at Ubly High School, has always been prolife. Her mother is involved with Huron County Right to Life but Haili wanted to do more.
“I wanted to take it to the next level and become more hands on,” she said. FULL STORY
Dr. Augustine Perrotta has served for many years as the president of Birmingham-Bloomfield Right to Life in the metro Detroit area. His new book, “A View From the Inside,” chronicles some of his encounters with people who have impacted his life, as well as other medical information and intriguing stories to please prolifers and anyone else curious about the human body and how we care for it. FULL STORY
As the educational coordinator for the Right to Life of Michigan Lansing Resource Center, Laura Hammes is often called upon to host booths at events and conferences. Her experience at the Ingham County Fair in Mason on July 29 turned out to be a very different, but far more rewarding experience than past events. FULL STORY