Prolife Stories Archive
Using art to advance the culture of life
The 'Life After 40' twins
A woman who considered herself strongly pro-choice and believed in a "war on women" had her entire worldview challenged when she first heard the heartbeat of her unplanned daughter in the womb. Now she can't imagine a world without her daughter in it or how people can vote for candidates who would call her daughter a punishment.
If you turn your radio dial to WLQV-AM in metro Detroit, you are likely to hear Pastor Christopher Brooks hosting his shows Equipped for Life or Christ and the City. Throughout Black History Month in February, Right to Life of Michigan hosted a Life Speaker’s Series and was counting on strong prolife voices from WLQV-AM like Pastor Chris to kick it off with a live radio broadcast. When it came time on February 1 to host his show, however, Pastor Chris had somewhere better to be.
One summer day in 2010, Shannon Wygant received a shock. His wife told him that the abortion clinic in Waterford where he traveled to for peaceful prayer, had suddenly moved to his own town of Clarkston. Shannon and his community rallied together to deliver a surprise of their own by renting office space on the floor below the abortion clinic to open a prolife pregnancy resource center.
Pregnancy was a natural and normal part of life for Bernadette and her husband Phil. After having seven children, the Grandville couple thought their family was complete, but the couple received a surprise when they found out they were expecting their eighth child, Hannah. During the first ultrasound, the routine of another otherwise uneventful pregnancy was replaced with anxiety after the surprised sonographer left the room to consult with a doctor.
Pregnancy cements prolife position
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
Almost 30 students have joined the Jackson Students for Life (SFL) organization to support the prolife movement. These students and their advisers are doing whatever they can to educate and be advocates for life, from conception until natural death.
Not your every-day prolife group
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.