Should Laura have risked her life to complete normal gestation? Did she violate her faith by pushing Pearl out eight weeks early? Did she lose her trust in God? No. She simply interpreted God's will and the sanctity of life in a reasonable way: Carry your baby as long as you can, but safeguard your health so you'll be there for your surviving children.
Pam was willing to die, trusting God to take care of her family. Laura seems to have made a more practical decision. She had three children, and by expelling Pearl at 32 weeks, she survived to bear a fourth. "We recently began a new chapter in the life of our family," she writes. "Lucy Jean Huene was born on June 28, 2007, and is a picture of hope and God's redemptive plan for our lives."
That's wonderful. But if Lucy's birth was part of God's plan, then so was Laura's survival. And that means God wanted her to listen to her doctors when they said it was time to remove Pearl. There were other lives to think of.
Just above the gateway to Laura's story, you can click a link to "read other families' stories." There, you'll find the diary of Aimee Weathers, who had two children and discovered 15 weeks into her third pregnancy that the fetus had a fatal genetic flaw. That was Sept. 21, 2007. Four months later, she delivered her baby girl, Sophie Ann. "Due to complications with my blood pressure and fluid build up, Dr. Daniel has said it is time for our sweet Sophie to come," Aimee writes on the day of delivery. She exults: "God's timing is perfect. Today, January 22, 2008 is the 35th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision. Our little girl Sophie, wants the world to know that every life matters."
Again, it's a beautiful story. But Sept. 21 to Jan. 22 is an interval of just 17 to 18 weeks. Fifteen weeks plus 17 weeks is 32 weeks. Aimee, like Laura, pushed her baby out well before term to protect her own health. If this was God's timing, God was speaking through her doctor.
Induced delivery at 32 weeks isn't abortion. But it's a compromise. Sophie Ann lived nine minutes. Pearl, too, died quickly. We'll never know to what extent their prematurity shortened their lives. Their mothers, for all their love and devotion to life, couldn't save them. But Laura and Aimee could save themselves. By doing so, they could take care of their surviving children and give life to others.
These are the women held up by Focus on the Family as models of pro-life strength. Embrace their stories. Don't forget to honor their lives while you're celebrating Pam Tebow's. And don't forget that they loved life just as she did, even if, in the end, they trusted that God's will was to end their pregnancies early. "Don't kill your baby," says Bob Tebow. Don't kill yourself, either. Human Nature's latest short takes on the news, via Twitter: