“A Heartfelt Open Letter to CNN’s Alysin Camerota”

I am very happy to send you off to someone else’s blog at the moment, because Verity Swayne has hit a home run over on Verily His. She is responding to a CNN reporter’s question about eugenic abortion, directed to a politician: “…why would you want a family to have to have a child with a severe disability?”

As someone who spends way too much time listening to politicians and lobbyists who are just fine with eugenic abortion (and who have turned “tragicfetalanomalies” into one word), I am cheering as I read Ms. Swayne’s open letter.

…I was immediately reminded of my own anger, fear, and ignorance when my husband and I learned we were going to have a child with Down syndrome. I had so much to learn.  Or should I say that God had so much to teach me. And I know, Alisyn, you just don’t understand, as I didn’t. So, if you’ll stay with me to the end of this heartfelt letter, I’d love to share a simple testimony to the truth of the matter.  I want to tell you about our Belinda, because it’s a beautiful picture of a life worthy of life.

Verity Swayne, from Verily His

Please head over to Verily His and check out her full post. To Nancy Elliott, who brought the post to my attention, double thumbs up.

A gentle reminder: support your local pregnancy aid center

Permit me to nudge aside some of the end-of-year charitable appeals in your inbox in favor of this: a reminder of some of the great agencies in New Hampshire that specialize in supporting women who are pregnant in challenging circumstances.

You’ll find pregnancy AND parenting support at these agencies, any of which would be very happy to receive your support as a donor or a volunteer.

This link offers contact information for every organization listed here. If you are aware of any updates, please let me know – thank you! Several of these agencies have Facebook pages with frequently-updated information about current needs.

Birthright has offices in Manchester, Derry, and Portsmouth.

CareNet has ten affiliates in New Hampshire.

Pennacook Pregnancy Center is just a block away from Planned Parenthood in Manchester.

New Generation in Greenland provides shelter for homeless pregnant and parenting women. In addition to having volunteer and donation opportunities for supporters, New Generation has its Second Generation Thrift Shoppe to provide an easy way for you to support the ministry.

Our Place, a ministry of New Hampshire Catholic Charities, supports young parents from pregnancy through the first three years of their child’s life.

When you look for local agencies that make a difference in the lives of New Hampshire families, be sure to keep these in mind.

Gallery: Care Net Walk for Life in Nashua, 5/7/16

A way to support survivors who choose life

“I couldn’t imagine anything worse than co-parenting with my attacker.”

Shauna Prewitt said that to a New Hampshire Senate committee earlier this year. She’s an attorney, a rape survivor, and a mother. Her child was conceived through rape. Prewitt chose life. She was shocked when her attacker sought parental rights, and he dropped his request only after she agreed to stop seeking his conviction. That was years ago, and Prewitt now works to make sure no other woman will wind up in the same situation.

Prewitt was in New Hampshire in February to support Senate Bill 253. It would provide for termination of parental rights in cases where a parent has pled guilty to or is convicted of rape of the birth parent. The bill also provides that if parental rights have not been terminated in such cases, the court shall not require contact between the child and parent under RSA 461-a.

It’s May now. The Senate has just asked the House for a conference committee on SB 253. Let’s hope they come to terms soon.