Diagnosed with severe anemia before birth, the doctor said he would never go home. God had a purpose for Ben–a purpose that might never have been realized if Ben had been conceived after Roe v. Wade.
January, 1973, Dallas, Texas – While Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade’s office was working hard to change the law of the land, I was working hard too—to save a life.
My husband Dan and I were excited about our pregnancy with our second child. The baby was due in February of 1973, and everything was fine until November 21, 1972. My private physician ran a special blood test on me because I have Rh negative blood. Dan and our (then 5 year old) daughter are both Rh Positive. The doctor was alarmed by the high antibody count and sent me to the Medical School for further tests.
There I met Dr. Juan Jimenez, a young physician in “Obstetrics Complications.” After a sonogram and amniocentesis he called us into his office. He described the situation as very grim. He said, “The baby is in a hostile environment. Your blood cells are attacking the baby’s red blood cells and serious anemia is the consequence.” This was on Dan’s birthday, a very sad day.
Everywhere we went the next few days somebody was quoting a verse about, “Be thankful in everything,” or “in all things give thanks.” I was screaming inside. They wouldn’t be saying that to us if they knew what Dr. Jimenez had told us!
Well, after a while we realized that God wanted our hearts, and He wanted us to thank Him for the way He would work it out. That was actually very hard. However, we honestly committed the whole situation to Him.