Catholic Vancouver June 16, 2019
Before The Missing Project, there was Emily
A new documentary series called The Missing Project is telling the stories too many people in Canada don’t want told – the personal accounts of 50 people who have been affected by abortion in the last half-century of legalized abortion in Canada.
Many of the stories are sad, even tragic. But one them is a bit different from the others. It tells the story of Emily Rogers, who could easily have become one of Canada’s “Missing,” if not for the courage and faith of her parents Marie and Ron.
When in 1998 the Langley couple’s unborn baby girl was diagnosed with severe medical complications – several of her organs were developing outside her body – the couple were told by medical professionals their best option was to abort. The baby had no chance of survival, and “good parents” would end the pregnancy so the child wouldn’t suffer.
Despite intense pressure the couple refused, and on Oct. 19, 1998, Emily was born at B.C. Women’s Hospital. She was baptized immediately by then-Father (now Bishop) Mark Hageomoen using a syringe of sterilized water.
The couple were told there was a good chance Emily wouldn’t survive. Instead, she rallied and thrived.
I had the privilege of interviewing the Rogers family 20 years ago, a few weeks after baby Emily’s successful delivery. Below is their story as it appeared in The B.C. Catholic.
I’m so happy to see them in this video today as part of The Missing Project, witnessing to life, the importance of trusting in God, and never giving up.
Today, Emily has finished her second year of university as she works toward her bachelor of science to become a child life specialist, devoting her life back to sick children and families. She is currently working in Australia for Starlight Children’s Foundation.
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