Today, I received a call from a friend begging for prayers. A family member is pregnant with her first child and wants to have an abortion because prenatal testing indicates the baby she is carrying has Down's Syndrome. I promised her I would start a novena for this intention and would also reach out to my small but faithful core group of readers to ask them to pray as well. Further testing is scheduled for next week.
A few years back, a coworker learned that her first grandchild would be born with Down's. She wasn't worried about it, however, because as she said, children with Down's are "nothing but love" and she was sure that her daughter-in-law would never regret her decision to bring that baby into the world once she held him in her arms. She was right.
Please pray. My friend is a faithful Catholic and is just sick over this.
Thank you and God bless you.