This is the story of Kristal Dahlager. I was mistaken in sharing with many friends that she was a third year medical student. She is a third year law student.
"God's Unmistaken Creation"
http://www.frcblog.com/2012/01/life-after-prenatal-diagnosis/ If the story doesn't start with Kristal's story, it's at the 340:2 mark with Dr. Nadal's introduction. It looks like if you click on this link it starts at 342 (I recommend backing it up to the introduction by Dr. Nadal). Kristal's testimony is about 10 minutes.
Jeremiah 32:26-27 "Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?
I looked up the doctor's quote that Miss Dahlager shared in her talk and it was a doctor of neurology in the 1940's. His name was Robert Foster Kennedy. He believed in death for severely retarded children over the age of 5, believed in sterilization and castration."But I am in favor of euthanasia for those hopeless ones who should never have been born – Nature’s mistakes....
So the place for euthanasia, I believe, is for the completely hopeless defective: nature’s mistake; something we hustle out of sight, which should never have been seen at all. These should be relieved the burden of living, because for them the burden of living at no time can produce any good thing at all. . . . For us to allow them to continue such a living is sheer sentimentality, and cruel too; we deny them as much solace as we give our stricken horse. Here we may most kindly kill, and have no fear of error.
...to release the soul from its misshapen body which only defeats in this world the soul’s powers and gifts is surely to exchange, on that soul’s behalf, bondage for freedom."
- Kennedy, F. The problem of social control of the congenital defective: education, sterilization, euthanasia. Am J Psychiatry 1942;99:13-16.
"It must be made clear to anyone suffering from an incurable disease that the useless dissipation of costly medications drawn from the public store cannot be justified. Parents who have seen the difficult life of a crippled or feeble-minded child must be convinced that, though they may have a moral obligation to care for the unfortunate creature, the broader public should not be obligated...to assume the enormous costs that long-term institutionalization might entail."
Pamphlet published by Dr. Heilig, representative of the Nazi Physicians' League. From: Robert N. Proctor, Racial Hygeine: Medicine Under the Nazis, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1989, p. 183
Interesting that we are expected to pay for every female of child-bearing age their contraceptives and abortions, but anyone who is in need of real help (of which these souls have no control) for various physical and mental challenges should be cast aside (and I get called a "heartless conservative"). And when you read all the stories that are out there of babies with Down Syndrome being aborted or the pressure parents face to abort their babies, you can see we never left the twisted mindset of the eugenics driving the Holocaust. And it IS important to note that Foster Kennedy was an American and Germany did look to the United States for its eugenic program ideas. Just look up the case Buck vs. Bell.
It would be very easy to share all of the quotes by the eugenicists (both past and present), but that will be for another time. The point of this blog is hope. The point is that Mr. and Mrs. Dahlager chose to trust in Him. They chose life and joy. They were blessed because they leaned on His ways and timing. They knew God was good.
Ephesians 10:2 "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."
You are His workmanship, Kristal Dahlager is His workmanship and all of those babies (over 3,500 a day) are His workmanship. As my friend Anna often says of which I wholeheartedly agree, "God doesn't make mistakes". You are not a mistake. Those babies aren't mistakes. God opens the womb and He closes the womb and He is not surprised by any child's conception ("HOW did THAT one get through?").
I hope you enjoyed Kristal's testimony. It deeply touched me and spurred me to a greater passion for those parents and those babies with poor prenatal diagnoses. NONE of the physician's diagnoses came true about Baby Kristal. None. They didn't even want to be her medical advocate after she was born. Kristal's story isn't the only one because I have heard countless others. I will share them here frequently. I am certain there would be enough for a book.
I'll close with:
"I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!"