La. Governor on Decision Not to Abort Daughter with Spina Bifida: 'We're Going to Love This Baby No Matter What'

Craig Bannister | May 20, 2019 | 4:15pm EDT
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La. Gov. John Bel Edwards and wife Donna. (Screenshot)

“We’re going to love this baby no matter what,” Democrat Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards – who is expected to sign a pro-life bill - told his wife when doctors encouraged them to abortion their unborn child, Samantha, who had been diagnosed with spina bifida.

“I was 20 weeks pregnant with our first child when the doctor discovered that she had spina bifida and encouraged me to have an abortion, the governor’s wife, Donna, explains in a 2015 video, in which she recalls how impressed she was with the love he declared for their unborn daughter:

“I was devastated – but, John Bel never flinched. He said, ‘No, no; we’re going to love this baby no matter what.’

“And, at that moment, I watched the boy I fell in love with become the man I’m still in love with today.”

Doctors had actually gone so far as to take Donna Edwards to a clinic to see severely-afflicted spina bifida children, reported in a July 29, 2016 article:

“The doctors informed the couple their baby would have spina bifida and strongly advised an abortion, to the point of taking Donna to see a clinic that treated spina bifida children, some seriously impaired and others less so. At the time there was no way to determine what effects it would have on a particular child.”

But, the couple chose to place their faith in God, Gov. Edwards recalled:

“It was our belief that God has a purpose in everything and we would have this child.”

“I cannot imagine what our life would be without her,” Gov. Edwards said of Samantha, who grew up to marry and attend graduate school:

“Our daughter is now 24 years old. She got married two months ago and she is in graduate school. She wants to be a counselor in the public schools of Louisiana. I cannot imagine what our life would be without her, and I tell this story with her permission.”

As Associated Press reported last week, Gov. Edwards is expected to place his faith over his party by signing pro-life legislation that would ban abortion once a unborn child’s heartbeat is detected:

“Edwards, who has repeatedly bucked national party leaders on abortion rights, is about to do it again. He’s ready to sign legislation that would ban the procedure as early as six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant, when the bill reaches his desk.

“Louisiana’s proposal, awaiting one final vote in the state House, would prohibit abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, similar to laws passed in Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia and Ohio that aim to challenge the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.”

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