Andrea Clark’s Life Has Been Spared
Tim over at Pro-Life Blogs has received the following email from Melanie Childers, Andrea Clark’s sister:
Would you know a gentleman named John Hawkins (he is with Right Wing News)? I promised him I would call him, but the number on my cell phone for him was “restricted.” I then tried to email him, but it came back to me as undeliverable (Hawkins’ Note: Not sure what the problem was with the email and phone).
My family has made the decision to move our sister to the hospital in Chicago. Thank God there is someone willing to take her. And, really, it is best to get her out of Texas, because of the futile care law here.
St. Luke’s played hardball with us on this issue. We were told that we could make the decision today and they would pay the entire amount of $14 thousand to move her, but if we made the decision tomorrow, they would only pay half of it, and if it were the day after tomorrow, they would pay nothing.
As you know, I’m a Democrat, but one that is against abortion. I agree with the Republicans on that issue, at least. After this experience, though, I have to tell you: I am in absolute awe of the power that the right to life people generate. I, of course, first posted on Democratic Underground, and I have to give them some credit: they let my post stand against the rules about posting something like this under the wrong topic. They also let it stand, even though it had people’s (my sister’s and mine) personal numbers in it. And, of course, some people there forwarded it to other blogs. And everyone there was very supportive in their comments, as well.
But the pro-life people stepped forward and just absolutely ground St. Luke’s into submission on this issue. You have, without a doubt, saved my sister’s life. I want you to know that. Without the pro-life/right to life people stepping in from the very first of this fight for Andrea, we would have lost. I have never in my life seen such a centered, focused and energized group of people.
You used that energy and focus to do some good in this world and you didn’t care whether you were fighting for a Democrat’s life or a Republican’s. Now, that’s conviction.
There are not enough words in the English language to tell you how grateful I and my family are, for what you people have done. When we protested at St. Luke’s last Saturday, the strangers that showed up were people that had had relatives killed at St. Luke’s in much the same way that St. Luke’s had planned to kill my sister. These people hadn’t known any better, and they hadn’t known that there was such a powerful group of individuals out there, devoted to this one cause, that might be able to help them.
Because of the people in the pro-life movement, a light has been shown on the truth, for all of Texans; indeed, for all of the world to see. May God bless you for your works. And, please, do not hesitate to ask myself or my family, for anything that you may ever need in order to continue your fight for these precious lives. We are here for you and your cause, as you were here for us in ours.
No one knows what the future holds for Andrea Clark, because after all, she’s still very sick. But, at least she’s going to have a fighting chance to make it now. So all you people who called St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, who worked hard to get the word out about what was happening, who did anything at all to help out on this — give yourself a pat on the back because you really made a difference.