Noon-thirty: It’s Caturday!
And I had more strange dreams last night. I don’t remember any details. But one person was there, who is usually in my strange dreams I don’t understand it.
Midnight-thirty: I probably need to go to bed. I was reading Sharon’s post (justhopingnow) and she said “the tourists are here going to the beach…” (She lives in S. Carolina.) I read that as “the terrorists are here going to the beach…”
Friday Five: Darlene Davis by Devon Williams, associate editor
‘God gave me a gift and healed my child.’
In 1999, Joseph Davis was born with sickle-cell anemia, a life-threatening blood disease that deprives the body of oxygen. At 8 months old, he had his first of many sickle-cell crises — his hands and feet swelled, and he had numerous fevers. He was in and out of the hospital 20 times and had three blood transfusions before he reached his second birthday.
When Joseph’s parents, Joseph Sr. and Darlene, got pregnant with Isaac, they learned about treatments available through umbilical cord-blood technology. When Isaac was born in 2002, his cord blood was a perfect match and saved his big brother’s life. The Texas family was thrilled by the unexpected blessing.
Darlene Davis shared the miraculous story with CitizenLink.
1. How did you learn that umbilical-cord blood could save Joseph’s life?
We knew about bone-marrow transplants, but we searched all over the world and couldn’t find an adult stem-cell match. I had to step back, get closer to God and ask Him to put people in my life to give me knowledge and to help me. He answered those prayers through the oncology doctors who educated us about umbilical-cord blood.
It was hard for me to get pregnant, so when I found out I was pregnant with Isaac, I knew in my heart that it had to be God.
2. When did you find out that Isaac was a match for Joseph?
When I was six months pregnant with Isaac, I had to have an amniocentesis (genetic testing). I asked if they could test Isaac — whose name means “laughter” — to see if he was a match for Joseph. Within two weeks, we found out that Isaac was a perfect match. The doctor said that Joseph and Isaac were like identical twins. Tell me that God isn’t real!
3. What was the next step for Joseph and Isaac?
When Isaac was born, they took his umbilical-cord blood out and sent it to a cord-blood bank in Tucson, Ariz., to get cleaned. Joseph had chemo for nine straight days to clear everything out of his body. The doctors told me he could die, but I went in there with faith and kept believing. Everything didn’t go like I wanted it to, but I made sure I put God first and went in there with my mind made up that God was going to have everything to do with this because I know that He doesn’t fail.
On May 10, 2002, Joseph had the cord-blood transplant from his brother, and by the end of June he was out of the hospital — healed.
4. Joseph is 8 years old now. How is he doing?
He’s doing great and he’s loving life. When he was little, the doctors told me he would have to take antibiotics every day for the rest of his life. Guess what? He’s not taking anything. And I thank God for that.
5. How has God been using your family’s story?
God gave me a gift and healed my child, and I don’t want to keep this blessing for myself. So, we travel to state capitals and speak to the senators to try to help pass bills to give women the option of saving their cord blood or donating it.
Joseph and Isaac get the chance to speak at the hearings, too. Joseph knows that his brother saved his life, and he thanks his brother every time he speaks. He calls Isaac “Superman.” When Isaac speaks, he says, “My name is Isaac. I saved my brother’s life with my cord blood, and he’s my best friend. Please pass this bill.”
The trials and tribulations I’ve gone through have shown me what God put me here for — to show people that He is real. I had to go through this for God to show me that.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Texas’ Free Market Foundation arranged for the Davises to testify this month before a state House committee. They also spoke during a 2007 Texas hearing in favor of legislation requiring pregnant women be provided with information about the life-saving benefits of cord-blood storage. That is now Texas law.
Visit the National Marrow Donor Program’s Web site to learn how to donate umbilical-cord blood.
Planned Parenthood Sued after Botched Abortion on 13-Year-Old
Planned Parenthood Metropolitan in Washington, D.C., is facing a $50 million lawsuit after performing an abortion on a 13-year-old that caused severe abdominal bleeding, severe vaginal injury, severe injury to the cervix, significant uterine perforation, a small bowel tear and sterilization.
Emma Jean Butler took her daughter to the clinic on Sept. 7, 2006, to abort her preborn baby conceived by rape.
Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life of America, said: “How ironic is it that the pro-abortion movement claims they want abortions to be ’safe, legal and rare,’ when in this poster case for abortion, the young girl was permanently injured — making abortion harmful and almost deadly.”
(Yes, this next article is partially a repeat of the bathroom decision in Colorado, but read to the end. It also has news about California.)
Coming Soon to a Bathroom Near You…
Congress may be adjourned for the Memorial Day recess, but a series of misguided state bills aren’t providing any relief for pro-family groups. Just ask the residents of Colorado, where locals are bracing themselves for an “anti-bias” law that is actually changing where people use the restroom. Yesterday, over the protests of thousands of families, Gov. Bill Ritter (D) signed SB 200 into law. The legislation blurs the sexual lines by making all public accommodations, including locker rooms and restrooms, “gender-free.” In other words, anyone–regardless of their biological identity–will be welcome in the men’s or ladies’ room, including cross-dressers, men who self-identify as women, women who self-identify as men, and people who haven’t made up their minds. To make matters worse, Colorado defines “public accommodations” as everything from malls, restaurants, and schools to small and even home businesses. The other side says this is about discrimination. But the chance of offending a few people hardly justifies putting everyone else at risk, which is exactly what SB 200 does. For every transvestite who takes advantage of this law, there are a dozen sexual predators who will see this as a chance to put women and children into a vulnerable situation. Focus on the Family launched a statewide awareness campaign, but in the end, even Colorado’s largest Christian ministry couldn’t compete with Ritter’s desire to pay off liberal financier Tim Gill, who sank serious dollars into the governor’s election campaign in 2006. From here all eyes will turn to Montgomery County, where a November ballot initiative will determine the fate of its bathroom bill. Meanwhile, leaders in the California Assembly dealt another blow to values voters on Wednesday by passing an assisted suicide bill by one vote. Under AB 2747, doctors and nurses could suggest “death by unconscious dehydration” for terminal patients as well as those who are “depressed and confused.” Although some say the sedation-starvation method is more painful than lethal injection, California leaders insist on pursuing a bill that treats humans with less dignity and sensitivity than animals. Interestingly, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s (R) position is that voters should decide. Under his system of selective democracy, Schwarzenegger is fighting to silence voters’ opinion on marriage but welcoming their views on euthanasia. In 2006 he said that assisted suicide “probably should go to the people, like the death penalty… I don’t think that we, 120 legislators and I, should make that decision.”
Amendment Takes on Life of Its Own
The bathroom bill may have frustrated Coloradans, but a young pro-life activist is giving the state’s pro-lifers a reason to hope. Kristi Burton, an energetic 20-year-old, didn’t let her age stand in the way of launching a statewide “personhood” campaign. Yesterday, her efforts were rewarded on a ballot initiative that would define human beings as “persons” from the moment of conception. Colorado’s Secretary of State validated over 103,000 signatures for Amendment 48, guaranteeing it a spot on the November ballot. As Burton says, if voters ratify it, the amendment would offer “every person, at every stage of life, the right to liberty, equality of justice, and due process of law.” Michigan’s residents also got a bit of good news when the state House passed a partial-birth abortion ban this Tuesday. If the bill passes Michigan’s Senate and survives Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm, doctors caught performing the horrific procedure could be sentenced to two years in prison and fined $50,000.
Pornographer Indicted, but Prosecution Still Lacking
‘The Justice Department ought to be going after the major producers and distributors.’
A federal grand jury has indicted an Indiana man after he transported extremely vile pornography out of his home. Unfortunately, law enforcement doesn’t seem to be as concerned with mainstream distributors.
Loren Jay Adams is charged with transporting obscene matters through the mail and transportation of obscene matters for sale or distribution by means of interstate commerce. He faces up to five years in prison on each count if convicted.
“The type of material is the worst of the worst,” said Daniel Weiss, senior analyst for media and sexuality at Focus on the Family Action. “It’s on the fringe of society — which most people wouldn’t even conceive exists.”
Weiss said this material represents less than 1 percent of what’s out there.
“This indictment does nothing to stop the proliferation of obscene material in society,” he said. “There is a lot of obscene material that’s being mainstreamed by large, multimillion-dollar companies.”
Patrick Trueman, special counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, said: “The Justice Department ought to be going after the major producers and distributors — the ones who are responsible for about 90 percent of the illegal material on the Internet.”