Beverly’s Story

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Newsweek: I Was Told My Baby Was 'Incompatible With Life'

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I don’t know how long Verity will live. But I do know she is not in pain. She is not suffering. She is a joyful and happy child. She is not a “drain” on our family. She is our most precious blessing!

I know my children are the kindest, most compassionate siblings Verity could ever ask for. They adore their little sister. Verity has changed us all for the better.

True love puts others first. It requires self-sacrifice, not self-interest. True love invites us to serve others, especially the most marginalized and helpless in society. This is our calling, and yes, it sometimes involves hardship.

As much as we want to run from suffering, we cannot. For parents of children with Trisomy 18, our suffering unites us in love for our children.

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Fox News: Pro-Life States Consider Abortion Exceptions in Cases of Fatal Fetal Anomalies

Beverly Jacobson, the mother of a 7-year-old girl with Trisomy 18 and Founder and President of Verity’s Village, a nonprofit aimed at providing practical support for families who receive a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis for their babies, told Fox News Digital that oftentimes terms to describe fatal fetal anomalies, such as “incompatible with life,” can be misleading.

“My daughter Verity is nearly seven-years-old and there are hundreds – maybe even thousands – of babies, children, teens and adults in the United States like her who are living with Trisomy 18,” she said. “These sons and daughters are in no way ‘incompatible with life’ as the medical community often labels them, and families and communities are stronger and better because of these children.”

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