A Catholic Church in Gainesville, Virginia turned to Facebook to save a Down syndrome fetus from potential abortion according to a report out of The Washington Times on Tuesday.
A young couple from Virginia recently discovered their unborn child would be born with Down syndrome and planned on aborting the fetus. When the pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church heard this sad news, he offered to find an adoptive family for the baby as long as she would deliver the child.
Father Thomas Vander Woude had precious little time to work, as the couple learned of the diagnosis just short of six months in the pregnancy and abortion is illegal in Virginia past 24 weeks, so the pastor turned to Facebook to find a loving family for the unborn child. A church volunteer wrote the following in the community’s Facebook group.
There is a couple in another state who have contacted an adoption agency looking for a family to adopt their Downs Syndrome unborn baby. If a couple has not been found by today they plan to abort the baby. If you are interested in adopting this baby please contact Fr. VW IMMEDIATELY. We are asking all to pray for this baby and the wisdom that this couple realize the importance of human life and do not abort this beautiful gift from God. To contact Fr. VW call the office after 9:30 or e-mail him immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please re-post.
Emails to adopt the unborn baby poured in, over 900, and with the help of an adoption agency, the birth parents have narrowed the choices down to three potential adoptive families.
The International Down Syndrome Coalition contacted the Catholic Church to offer assistance, especially for couples considering aborting an unborn child diagnosed with Down’s, stressing that adoption is a viable option many do not consider.
The Diocese of Rockville Centre along with all New York Catholics is asking the faithful to join together to oppose New York State legislation regarding late term abortion.
Visit Catholic Charities of NY to learn more about adoption on Long Island and New York.
Source: The Washington Times
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