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A Gentle Reply To Chuck Smith From A Perinatal Bereavement And Hospice Nurse

Pastor Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel, shocked listeners on his “Pastor’s Perspective” call-in radio program when he encouraged a tearful mother to abort her conjoined twins. “Nicki from Riverside” was the distraught caller who is said to be pregnant with conjoined twins -babies sharing a body but have two heads and that she was being pressured by her doctors to abort them due to their assessment that the babies would likely not survive the pregnancy or live beyond a day if carried to term. At no time did Nicki indicate how far advanced her pregnancy was or that her life was in danger from the pregnancy.

Tammy Ruiz a Christian perinatal bereavement and perinatal hospice nurse offers a gentle but sound professional advice to this conundrum.

I am a nurse with a specialty in Perinatal Bereavement and Perinatal Hospice; I care for women experiencing pregnancy loss, infant death, and pregnancies where the baby’s life is expected to be brief. To me, there were gaps in this discussion and I would like to fill-in a few of them. Read More