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Parents Refused to Abort Baby Who Became Beauty Queen and Athlete

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2016 Aug 25
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The parents of a young woman who now plays basketball and was the winner of a beauty contest were advised to abort her by their doctor.

According to, Eliza McIntosh’s parents were told she would be born with severe disabilities and would probably have to have a breathing tube her whole life, and so abortion was the best option.

McIntosh’s parents, however, were people of faith and decided to trust God with whatever happened.

"My parents are very religious, so are against abortions regardless," the 21-year-old McIntosh told Life Site News, "and their attitude was, 'This is the hand we've been dealt with, so we'll play it as well as we can'."

McIntosh was born with a disability called spinal dysgenesis which means she is paralyzed from the waist down.

However, McIntosh’s parents instilled in their daughter that her disability didn’t have to prevent her from accomplishing things.

They weren't going to let me die," McIntosh shared. "They decided to modify our home to make it more accessible and have never treated me any differently."

She added that her parents taught her that there is a “difference between having a disability and being disabled.”

"Having a disability is something you're born with, but being disabled means you let it stop you,” she continued.

McIntosh has not allowed her disability to stop her. She became a basketball player and she also was this year’s winner of the Miss Wheelchair America beauty contest.


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Publication date: August 25, 2016