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2011 Stories

Pregnancy cements prolife position
Being prolife was easy for Danielle Bradley. Both her mother and her father, the pastor of their church, are vocally and actively prolife. She had always told anyone considering abortion that it was the wrong choice to make. Everything changed when Danielle found out she was pregnant and was given the opportunity to live up to that advice

2010 Stories

Mr. Ludwick hopes to go to Washington

Jason Ludwick knew his heart was getting worse. He had lived with heart problems all of his life, but five years ago his condition took on a whole new reality in one shocking moment. It was hard for his family to watch him continue to deteriorate while waiting for a heart transplant, but luckily for Jason his mother found an overseas company willing to try an adult stem cell treatment.

A call for help
A student who graduated from Western Michigan University, was married and became pregnant all in three months found herself very overwhelmed. She called the Planned Parenthood clinic in Kalamazoo looking for help on preparing to become a parent, only to be told "we don't do that here."

Not your every-day prolife group
How do we persuade women not to have an abortion? Mother Theresa answered: "As always, we must persuade her with love, and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts." Those are inspiring words for any prolife volunteer. Two volunteers, Mary Tombelli and Michaela Stiles, drew inspiration from that quote while founding their prolife organization.

Prolife rally inspires, motivates teens

Just shy of 200 high school students representing six Right to Life of Michigan affiliates gathered in Caro, Michigan, for a prolife youth rally on April 14. Bryan Kemper, creator of Rock for Life and president of Stand True Ministries, was the featured speaker.

A tale of two twins

For adopted twins Meredith and Mason Bonnema, fall of 2008 represents life and a future for both. Their adoptive parents were finalizing plans to welcome them to their new family. Meredith and Mason were too small to remember that fall, because they were both smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.

Erasing doubt, saving a life

Having butterflies in your stomach is a familiar sensation before exceptional situations. Sidewalk counselors, the prolife volunteers who stand in front of abortion clinics encouraging mothers to save their children, could tell you something about exceptional situations. University of Michigan junior Sarah Osentoski discovered just how exceptional sidewalk counseling can be.


2009 Stories

Dealing with the unexpected

John and Eileen Anding received quite a shock when their daughter Morgan was born in 1988. Despite all tests showing her to be a healthy baby, Morgan was born with an omphalocele, a congenital birth defect.

John's List

John R. Bowker is passionate about helping children. He has worked in many areas to improve the lives of children. His commitment to helping kids goes beyond just that, though; John has talked the talk and walked the walk.

Saving lives, one baby bottle at a time

When the Center for Women Pregnancy Counseling Services in Jackson realized they needed a new ultrasound machine, they knew that it would be an expensive yet vital investment in their work.

Rabbi's ride for life

Over the last eight years, Rabbi Glenn Harris has combined two of his passions, bikes and babies, to help raise approximately $35,000 for a local pregnancy care center.

Defying the odds in life

"Every child a wanted child," so the Planned Parenthood slogan goes. Laura Tedder knows something about that. Laura survived several abortion attempts before her birth in 1948 and was placed for adoption.

The Reunion Day

Jackie Drenth-Nachazel had hoped that someday her daughter would find her way back to her. She placed her daughter for adoption 35 years ago, on the advice of her parents. Last September, after a long process Jackie finally meet her daughter.

Getting the most out of your volunteer hours

Pat Vendal, President of Muskegon Right to Life, has discovered a way to use the time she volunteers promoting the prolife cause to financially help the prolife organizations she loves. Pat does this by participating in her employer’s volunteer incentive program and matching gift program.

Students for Life to the rescue

Pregnancy resource centers are places for pregnant women to seek help. They offer a wide range of support services for women in their hours of need, but they often depend heavily on the generosity of volunteers to help them provide those services. When Jackson Right to Life found out two of their local centers were in dire need of diapers, they decided they needed to help. It was their students for life group though that got the show on the road; three vans, to be precise.

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2008 Stories

Saved by her brother

Cousins, siblings, aunts and uncles are all blood relatives. Usually this is a metaphor about the strong bonds holding families together. For six-year-old Colleen, however, this is a fact that might have made the difference between life and death.

Safe and ethical stem cell source

Many people are nervous about giving blood. The thought of anything related to a needle is enough to make their hair stand on end. There is one way, however, to give a potentially life saving blood gift without suffering any anxiety.

Cures without killing

In September 1997, Carolyn Curtis' life was turned upside down. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Doctors were giving her a fifty-fifty chance to live.

A voice for the voiceless

Smiling and actively enjoying a TV show on Nickelodeon, five-year-old Maiya Novitsky has overcome many obstacles in her short life to be able to enjoy weekday afternoon cartoons at home.

Finding strength to support yourself

Cold-hearted. Negative. No hope offered. This is how Tarra Parks would describe her experience with medical professionals during the toughest moments of her daughter's struggle.

Life, love with Luke

Luke Pardue looks like your typical mischievous toddler. “He's hysterical,” his mother, Martina Pardue, said. “He likes to play his dad; Luke knows what he can get away with. He loves to eat, he just learned to crawl and likes to explore things.” If you ask his mother, he gets into too many places sometimes. Luke, however, isn't completely typical for two reasons.

Support can make all the difference

Carrie Mason faced what many parents dread when her unborn daughter Hannah was diagnosed with anencephaly. Hannah was only expected to live a short time after birth, if she made it that far at all.

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