Saving Hope

Meet Hope Jude.  Here she is about 15 weeks old perfectly formed [pictured right].  Almost looks like she could even be sucking her thumb already, isn’t she beautiful!  The gift of life truly is a miracle!

Awhile back my husband and I received an email asking to write a letter to Hope’s mother.  This wasn’t just an ordinary letter, but instead a plea begging her to reconsider and reassuring her of the fact that Hope was already wanted and loved.  Praying that the Holy Spirit would guide our every word we tried not to think of what was to come.  You see the very next day Hope’s life was already scheduled to come to an abrupt end.  Unfortunately our letter was never read, as Hope’s mother quickly made her way into the abortion mill and terminated the life of her baby.

Not a day goes by where my heart is not moved as I shudder at the thought of what happened to baby Hope.  Even as I write this I fight back the tears as I think of the beautiful life that was lost.  Yes, there was a slim glimmer of optimism thinking that perhaps Hope’s mother would change her mind and choose us to parent her child.  But that isn’t the reason my heart breaks.  What gets me is Hope is just one of the 54 million whose lives have been taken through the scourge of abortion.  Almost 40 years have gone by and we are still allowing this to happen.

I have always been pro-life and was very active in the students for life group while in college.  I am well aware of the horrific acts that take place during an abortion and have always believed that life begins at conception.  So why does it shock me when I think about what happened to baby Hope?

Like so many others at times I think I have become complacent and unfortunately have adapted an out of sight out of mind mentality.  So many of us say we are pro-life and dismiss the issue.  Everyday we go about our lives, but do we even think twice, because the reality is everyday innocent lives are being taken.  If we really cared about the issue than why have we allowed almost 40 years of this injustice to take place.  With over 54 million lives lost, am I really doing enough?

In a nation that is being continually fed the mantra hope and change, hope and change, it is time we realize there is no real hope until there is real change.  As John Paul II said, “A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope.”  For the sake of baby Hope and the millions of others may we never turn a blind eye, never forget and never be silenced.  If we don’t speak out, who will?  

Cassie Everts

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Cassie Everts is a producer for The Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio. She blogs at ThePowerofLife.org. She has been married 4 years and has a degree in Communications TV/Radio and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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  • chaco

    Thanks SOoo much Cassie ! , for the much needed kinship fellow “Hope Supporters” need to feel with one another. Our Kindred longing for Hope offsets the indifference of the rationalizing citizens of “Nation without Hope”. God will have his way. I know this personally; You see, I too bought the convenient lie that a zygote/ fetus wasn’t a life. As my girlfreind & I awaited the procedure, my conscience flared. I asked her to come out in the entryway and said; “If that’s a life in there, I want it to be baptized”. I wet my fingers at the water fountain, made a sign of the cross below her stomach saying; “I baptize you in the name of…” After years of rationalizing, on my B’day, I had a profound experience of the love it took for Jesus to willingly hang on a cross for me. I even wrote a letter to our priest expressing how I thought God may be asking me to show his love to others. Like the hesitant Jonah though, I put off sending the letter until a short time later I had a near death motorcycle accident, after which I approached the priest. As I explained the letter, he began telling me about a couple who had a child that died shortly after it was baptized. The parents were sure that the child was blessing them from Heaven. As I departed, I wondered why he had brought up that story. Then it HIT ME ! The life I had tried to rationalize away as “less than a person” had communicated with me on my B’day. [A couple months later, my mom shared how a person at the scene of my accident had sprinkled me with Lourdes water that she always carried with her. Not only that, the accident happened next to a Church named after the patron saint of motorcycle riders.] Hope Lives Cassie ! Note; The Church teaches of a “Baptism of Desire” for those who aren’t orientated to the sacraments. A parent’s desire for their children can be part of this Grace.]

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708535707 Mary King

    I look at my unmarried sons, in their late 30s,searching but not finding their wives and I wonder if women destined by God to be their spouses were terminated in some abortuary. So many of their friends are unmarried and searching.
    It isn’t only the lives of these little ones who never lived, but the lives of countless descendents who will never come into existence because of one selfish act.

  • Sunshine

    Thank you for the article. I have a 3 year old daughter and have had two miscarriages. We beg God for another child. I ask God “Why do you give babies to those who do not want them and deny those who want?” My heart cries for Baby Hope …. know she is in heaven.

  • withhope

    We have forgotten within a generation how true feminists felt and thought about human life:
    Susan B. Anthony
    In her publication The
    Revolution, was written:

    “Guilty? Yes. No matter
    what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn
    innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her
    conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; But oh, thrice guilty is
    he who drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime!”

    Abortion was referred to
    as “child murder.”
    The Revolution, 4(1):4 July 8, 1869

    “We want prevention, not
    merely punishment. We must reach the root of the evil…It is practiced by those
    whose inmost souls revolt from the dreadful deed.”
    The Revolution,
    4(1):4 July 8, 1869

    “All the articles on this
    subject that I have read have been from men. They denounce women as alone
    guilty, and never include man in any plans for the remedy.”
    The
    Revolution, 4(1):4 July 8, 1869

    Elizabeth Cady
    Stanton
    Stanton wrote,
    regarding prostitution and the “murder of children, either before or after
    birth”: “For a quarter of a century sober, thinking women have warned this
    nation of these thick coming dangers, and pointed to the only remedy, the
    education and enfranchisement of woman… We believe the cause of all these
    abuses lies in the degradation of woman.”The Revolution, 1(5):1, February
    5, 1868

    “There must be a remedy
    even for such a crying evil as this. But where shall it be found, at least where
    begin, if not in the complete enfranchisement and elevation of
    women?”
    The Revolution, 1(10):146-7 March 12, 1868

    Emma Goldman

    “The custom of procuring
    abortions has reached such appalling proportions in America as to be beyond
    belief…So great is the misery of the working classes that seventeen abortions
    are committed in every one hundred pregnancies.”
    Mother Earth,
    1911

    Mattie Brinkerhoff

    “When a man steals to satisfy
    hunger, we may safely conclude that there is something wrong in society – so
    when a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is an evidence that
    either by education or circumstances she has been greatly wronged.”
    The
    Revolution, 4(9):138-9 September 2, 1869

    Victoria Woodhull
    The first female presidential candidate was
    a strong opponent of abortion.

    “The rights of children as
    individuals begin while yet they remain the foetus.”
    Woodhull’s and
    Claflin’s Weekly 2(6):4 December 24, 1870

    “Every woman knows that if
    she were free, she would never bear an unwished-for child, nor think of
    murdering one before its birth.”
    Wheeling, West Virginia Evening
    Standard, November 17, 1875

    Sarah Norton

    “Child murderers practice
    their profession without let or hindrance, and open infant butcheries
    unquestioned…Is there no remedy for all this ante-natal child
    murder?…Perhaps there will come a time when…an unmarried mother will not be
    despised because of her motherhood…and when the right of the unborn to be born
    will not be denied or interfered with.”
    Woodhull’s and Claffin’s
    Weekly, November 19, 1870

    Mary
    Wollstonecraft
    As early as
    1792, Mary Wollstonecraft wrote “A Vindication of the Rights of
    Women,” which Susan B. Anthony admired enough to serialize in The
    Revolution. After decrying, in scathing 18th century terms, the sexual
    exploitation of women, she said:

    “Women becoming,
    consequently, weaker…than they ought to be…have not sufficient strength to
    discharge the first duty of a mother; and sacrificing to lasciviousness the
    parental affection…either destroy the embryo in the womb, or cast if off when
    born. Nature in every thing demands respect, and those who violate her laws
    seldom violate them with impunity.”

    Matilda Gage

    “[This] subject lies
    deeper down in woman’s wrongs than any other…I hesitate not to assert that
    most of [the responsibility for] this crime lies at the door of the male
    sex.”
    The Revolution, 1(14):215-6 April 9, 1868

    Alice Paul
    The author of the original Equal Rights
    Amendment (1923) opposed the later trend of linking the E.R.A. with abortion. A
    colleague recalls her saying:

    “Abortion is the ultimate
    exploitation of women.”

  • marose

    It’s somewhat consoling to identify the cause of a heartache. It’s even more consoling to have victory over it (see Jn. 16: 33). Granted, since the sexual revolution (recreational sex) it’s harder to find the reverence that cojugal union deserves but we have some clues as to what we’re looking for; 1) Permanence 2) Exclusivity 3) Free (no pressure in choosing mate) 4) Receptive/ open to life (children) These are the areas that the annulment process focuses on. I also heard another thing to look for; Don’t be as concerned with who your compatible with as with who it hurts to think of living without (see 1 Cor. 7: 9).

  • pd ryan

    I am sitting hear with a lump in my throat, having just read this stirring article. It is one of the most poignant pro-life pieces I have ever read! These are the types of articles that convey the truth so strongly that opinions are swayed and our culture is transformed. Cassie is such a strong, talented Catholic woman!

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