A story was posted on my news feed that I feel should be shared. I don't always blog on the weekends because I feel that these days should be focused on my family, but our little man is away at Grandmas and I have a bit of extra time so I figured I would write a few simple words. I cried my eyes out while I read this story and I feel this topic is heavy on my heart. Abortions are legal after 12 weeks of pregnancy, later in pregnancy abortions are supported by many states and the thought that you could cut that women's womb open and a tiny hand that wants to live would hold onto you and that someone would cut that little life short is heartbreaking to me. I know what it is like to be young, scared, and unable to provide for a child, but terminating that child and taking their life away solely so you can move on with your own is selfish and not your decision to make. I understand that any person has a million different reasons to terminate a pregnancy, but after that little hand was fully created and worked by God to be thrown in a waste caket in a picture that chills my mind to the core. My son, Riley David was the greatest most amazing blessing in my life and I know that God blessed me with him for a reason and I am proud everyday to be his mother, he lights up my world, and I would have never even if having him would put my life in danger give him up, I would give my life for my little one in a heartbeat no doubts in my mind. He could be born with any learning disability, or ailment and I would make myself strong enough to handle it and be just as proud of being his mother. So women, just putting this out there, if you are going to make the decision to terminate a life, make it early and be completely sure that your heart is in the right place. Later after that baby is beautifully made by God and their little hand can hold onto you and want to live is not the time. I would say not to make the decision at all, but everyone has a path and plan in this life and I am purely putting my opinion out there, your choices and life are your own. But read the story and remember not only what I have written, but also that every child is perfect and God makes no mistakes.
A picture began circulating in November. It should be "The Picture of the Year," or perhaps, "Picture of the Decade." It won't be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the U.S. paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it.
The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother's womb. Little Samuel's mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner's remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.
During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby. As Dr. Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon's finger. Dr. Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile.
The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The editors titled the picture, "Hand of Hope." The text explaining the picture begins, "The tiny hand of 21-week-old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother's uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life."
Little Samuel's mother said they "wept for days" when they saw the picture. She said, "The photo reminds us pregnancy isn't about disability or an illness, it's about a little person" Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 percent successful. Now see the actual picture, and it is awesome...incre dible....and hey, pass it on! The world needs to see this one!