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West Virginia: Five counties vote to allow Sunday hunting

Hunters in five West Virginia counties will soon have the option to hunt on Sundays.Voters in Braxton, Webster, Wirt, Nicholas and Calhoun counties approved Sunday hunting, which is illegal in all but 14 of the state’s counties. The issue was on the ballots in Lewis and Gilmer counties as well, but did not pass. Although counties have had the opt…

West Virginia: Five More Counties to Allow Sunday Hunting

Thanks to grassroots activism and diligent hard work on the ground, Sunday hunting on private property will now be legal in five additional West Virginia counties: Braxton, Calhoun, Nicholas, Webster and Wirt.  …

Thousands of Calls Come in to Adopt Five Siblings Looking for a Home

Last year, LifeNews profiled Davion Henry, who made national headlines when he pleaded with members of a local church he attends to be adopted into a loving family. Thousands of calls eventually came in for Davion to be adopted. Now, thousands of calls have come in for a group of five siblings looking for a […]…

Luke, I Aborted You Five Years Ago Today: Please Forgive Me

My Dearest Luke, You should be here. You should be close to 4 1/2 years old…playing, laughing, learning, growing…a part of my every day, my life, my family, my all. Instead, I must carry the weight of your absence for the rest of my days on earth. I carry the grief over losing you and knowing you […]…

All in the Family Jihad: Father takes five sons to join Syrian rebels

The family that prays together, slays together! Righteous. Abu knows best! No worries, as thousands of jihadis descend on Syria from Europe, Africa, the US and Canada, media and political elites remain focused on “islamophobia.” That there is the real terror ….. not fathers like Ahmed. Family jihad: father takes five sons to join Syrian rebels By…
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Gabriel Was Such a Joy, Even if He Only Lived for Five Hours

Amy and Andy, a couple from Mahomet, IL, were married with one son, Jackson, when they found out they were expecting their second child. But the excitement turned to anger and sadness at Amy’s 12 week routine ultrasound appointment when she sensed something was wrong. As she told News Channel 15: The whole time I’m […]…

Iran Nuclear Deal: Choice Was Between ‘Plague and Cholera’ “If a nuclear suitcase blows up five years from now in New York or Madrid, it will be because of the deal that was signed this morning”

A whole new terrible reality is upon us. Secretary of State Kerry assures us, “The purpose of this is very simple: to require Iran to prove the peaceful nature of its program,” Kerry said, “and to ensure that it cannot build a nuclear weapon.” How much in jizya? 4.2 million. “World powers will provide the Islamic Republic with sanctions relief valu…
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What’s with Sen. Orrin Hatch’s cryptic ‘Five’ tweet? Hint: Think Obamacare

Some people can fit a lot into a 140-word tweet, but today Sen. Orrin Hatch lowered the boom with just four letters. What does he mean, though, by “Five”? Five, it turns out, is the number of people who have enrolled successfully in Washington, D.C.’s health care exchange since Oct. 1.

Hatch, together with Sen. Chuck Grassley, collected the information directly from the four insurance companies participating in the exchange, Politico reports:

Only five people have fully completed the enrollment process in the D.C. insurance exchange, according to information compiled by lawmakers from four of the insurance companies participating in the exchange.

Two people enrolled in CareFirst BlueShield plans during October and three enrolled in Kaiser Permanente plans during the month. No enrollment data has been collected by UnitedHealthcare or Aetna as of Nov. 4 or Oct. 24, respectively, the companies said.

In a statement, Hatch wrote, “With data from DC’s four participating health plans in, there’s been a whopping five people enrolled in the city’s exchange. That’s right five. Whether it’s significant problems with the website, people being forced off the coverage they had or skyrocketing costs, these numbers are even more proof of what a disaster ObamaCare is and why it should be delayed.”

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Bloomberg eyes five more fronts in the gun control war

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group took a beating this week with the recalls of two state senators in Colorado, but officials with the group said Thursday they believe the battle nationwide is far from over.The officials told TPM that Mayors Against Illegal Guns is eying five other states where they think they could make their mark if they invest resources. Nothing is set in stone, but they hope there might be room to move despite this week’s loss.

Five Siblings Surprised by Their Soldier Father, Home From Deployment

“My husband wasn’t supposed to come home from his second deployment for another couple months. We managed to surprise all five of our kids (even our teenagers) with his early return. Our extended family had a family birthday party and we staged “family pictures” so we could get them all in the same frame, for […]
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Five Things New Parents of Down Syndrome Children Need to Hear

Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) — The day I was told that my unborn son had Down syndrome was the day my entire world changed. In some ways, it was shattered. Everything I thought I knew about what I could expect from my life, my ideas about the kind of mother I was and could be, the hopes and dreams I had for my children…with one phone call, they were all erased. I was a mess, crying on the phone to my mom and my best friend, trying to understand why this had happened, or how, and what I was supposed to do now.

I found out about Wyatt’s extra chromosome when I was about 15 weeks pregnant. I never considered aborting my son. And knowing before he was born gave me the blessing of time: time to accept his diagnosis, to prepare myself for it, and to learn everything I needed to know.

I look back on those weeks after receiving that earth-shattering phone call and feel such a mix of different emotions. I didn’t know then that while my world may have been shattered, it was rebuilt again to be so much bigger, and stronger, and better. It’s as if, before knowing about Wyatt, my world was small and narrow and closed. Now, it’s bright and open and endless, and I wish I could go back and tell myself what it was going to be like.

With the rise of more and more advanced prenatal testing, fears about abortion rates of babies with Down syndrome rising have become louder and louder. Everyone seems to want to blame the testing, when the reality is that it is our attitudes that need to change. Whether a mother finds out prenatally or at birth, the diagnosis is overwhelmingly given as a negative, with worst-case scenarios, grim views of what to expect of her child’s life, and outdated, stereotypical medical information. Medical advances for people with Down syndrome have made their life expectancy rates soar, and the opportunities they have are almost endless.

But parents aren’t told that. They’re given the doom-and-gloom, and we wonder why so many are afraid that their lives will be ruined if they keep their baby. Many women who receive a prenatal diagnosis are given immense pressure to have an abortion. If we want to know whom or what to blame for the high abortion rate of babies with Down syndrome, all we need to do is look in the mirror (and this is especially true for many of the doctors out there).

A new parent of a baby with Down syndrome is going to be scared, confused, worried, and grieving. The last thing he or she needs is to have someone falsely reinforcing those fears and worries. So whether you’re a doctor or someone whose friend just received a diagnosis, these are the things that this new parent needs to hear.

1. You will be happy again.

I know right now this seems like the end of the world. And there will be challenges along the way (just like with any child). But the good news is, almost all families who have a member with Down syndrome report being happier and more positive than they were without him or her. People with Down syndrome themselves are overwhelmingly happy with themselves, their lives, and how they look. It doesn’t feel like it, but you will be happy again.

2. They’re still just babies.

I was so scared and confused when I found out that Wyatt had Down syndrome. I had never even met someone with Down syndrome – how the heck was I supposed to raise a baby with it? But the good news is that having a baby with Down syndrome is nearly identical to having a baby without it. Having a baby with Down syndrome means that you’ll have lots of sleepless nights, crying, poopy diapers, and maybe the occasional spit-up. You’ll also have snuggles, cute little gummy smiles, and that great feeling when they hold your hand. Down syndrome doesn’t mean you’ve somehow given birth to a three-headed space alien which needs some kind of insane level of care. He’s still just a baby. Feed him, love him, and snuggle him. That’s all you have to do. And that’s not that difficult, is it?

3. You can still do regular things.

Not long after I had given birth to Wyatt, I remember seeing somewhere a woman saying she could never have a baby with Down syndrome, because she wanted to be able to do things like go to the beach, and take her kids to Disney World. Huh? I don’t know what misconceptions of Down syndrome would lead someone to think they’ll suddenly be house-ridden, but you can still do regular things with your family. You can go to the beach, or to theme parks, or anything else you decide you want to do. We take Wyatt everywhere — to the aquarium, out to eat, to the beach. Babies with Down syndrome are just babies, and when they become kids, they’re still just kids. They’ll love seeing Mickey Mouse at Disney World as much as any other kid will, and they’ll love making a mess at the beach, too. You won’t suddenly become limited because your kid has an extra chromosome.

4. There will be virtually no limits to what they can accomplish.

When you picture an adult with Down syndrome, it’s easy to imagine someone working in a grocery store, living with his parents forever, and never having any kind of meaningful life. But people with Down syndrome today can do almost anything. There’s a man named Tim Harris in New Mexico who has Down syndrome – he graduated from college and now owns his own restaurant. A teenager with Down syndrome was recently inducted into his high school’s National Honor Society. Karen Gaffney is an adult with Down syndrome, and a swimmer who has swum the English Channel, across Lake Tahoe, the Boston Harbor, and the San Francisco Bay. She also completed the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon. Another teenager with Down syndrome has climbed Mount Everest. There are also children with Down syndrome being featured as models (for companies like Target and Care.com), and adults who are actors (the most notable example being Lauren Potter, who stars on Glee). It may seem hopeless, but there will be no limits to what your child with Down syndrome can accomplish.



5. They will be loved.

It may seem obvious, because of course you’re going to love him – he’s your baby, after all. But what may surprise you is how many other people will love him, too. And he will change so many people’s lives. Wyatt is loved by just about everyone who meets him – probably because he is the biggest people person I’ve ever met, and has a big smile for anyone who smiles at him. Your child will be changing perceptions every day, winning over people’s hearts, and finding love everywhere he goes. Of course you’ll love him, because he’s your child. But he’s going to be loved by everyone else he meets, too.

LifeNews Note: Cassy Fiano is a twenty-something Florida native now living in Jacksonville, North Carolina who writes at a number of conservative web sites. She got her start in journalism at the Florida Times-Union. She is the mother of two sons, one of whom was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. This originally appeared at Live Action News.