Oddsmakers would either not touch this one, or laugh at you if you even suggested the wager. ‘During an abortion, the mother makes the other choice. And they lived happily ever after…’

Okay, we won’t know about the ‘ever after’ part until time goes by, but the rest is true, and it did happen in Vegas.

The dramatic intervention to rescue this baby is only part of the story. The far-reaching lesson the story tells is one that many pro-life workers and even doctors aren’t aware of or are reluctant to admit: Some abortions already under way can be reversed to save the baby.

The execution had been ordered and started.”

So remembers Pam Caylor, executive director of First Choice Pregnancy Services in Las Vegas, about this major rescue of a 20-week-old unborn baby.

It was dramatic….read the account. It took a lot of tense but providential twists and turns against the clock even to get to this:

The doctor scanned the baby’s heart to make sure it was still beating since Stout didn’t know if the heart had been injected with medication to stop it. Yes, the baby’s heart was beating.

Huge story, but the circumstances up until the turnaround are all too common. The rest is extraordinary.

“I feel totally excited and completely blessed now, given a second chance,” [the baby’s mother] said. “It was a big wake-up call not only for me but for my family, where we stand with our belief with God, faith and when life begins.”

Stout described how God healed the whole family — her mother, father and other young daughter they were raising for her — and pulled them together as a family. Stout added that with the grace of God, literally overnight, she lost all desire to get high and was freed from addiction.
Caylor called God’s restoration of this family a miracle.

“They went in 18 hours from thinking of taking this baby’s life to being thrilled and realizing what a gift this little baby is from God,” she said.

There’s so much to take forward from this story, and we all should……to anyone open to dialogue about abortion.

But among other things, note the message that “it isn’t over till it’s over,” “it’s not too late,” and especially…

“Don’t be afraid…”

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....