Driving home for the weekend my freshmen year in college, I was hit by a drunk driver. I suffered extensive injuries including a fractured jaw. My mouth had to be wired shut for 6 weeks for my jaw to heal. What was more challenging to me than not being able to eat solid foods for almost two months was not being able to speak clearly and having to go to great effort to be understood.
I can still remember getting discouraged easily when people couldn’t understand me. So I would instead, just sit silently thinking about the things I wanted to say.
Listening to recent “Life Issues” radio commentaries and the victories on behalf of life, I am so thankful that we don’t have to sit silently . . . that we can, we should and we are, using our voices for those who don’t have a voice. Here are two recent “Life Issues” radio scripts in which Brad Mattes shares about two instances when someone spoke up for life!
Spina Bifida not Slowing Sarah Down
Spina bifida occurs when a baby’s spinal cord doesn’t form properly during development in the womb. The condition usually causes paralysis. Sadly, about half of unborn babies diagnosed with spina bifida are aborted. Sarah Switzer is proving those decisions wrong. Sarah was one of the first to benefit from fetal surgery during her mom’s pregnancy. Thanks to a foundation, she got involved with adaptive water skiing that accommodates her reliance on a wheelchair. In just a few years she piled up the medals and is looking forward to the World Championships in Victoria Australia in twenty twenty-one. People with spina bifida can lead enjoyable, productive lives, get married and even have children. Abortion is never the answer to a disability. Sarah is living proof!
Netflix Removes Suicide Scene
Earlier I cautioned you about a Netflix series called Thirteen Reasons Why. It prominently featured the suicide of a teen girl in the first episode. After it aired, the number of suicides in teens ten to seventeen jumped, and people began calling for the series to be cancelled. A study in April documenting the impact caused pressure to mount from medical groups, suicide prevention groups, counseling organizations and hospitals, all highly concerned about the increase. The producers finally got the message and have edited out the scene with the girl’s suicide . . . life is precious, so don’t mess with it.
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