Sept. 8 marks a special anniversary for my family. On this day, Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Day, we remember the disease that afflicts my youngest daughter. But as we give thanks for the treasures she has brought into our lives, we also hope the Supreme Court will in the coming months allow states to strengthen the culture of life for unborn CF sufferers like her.
For the uninitiated, cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder, causes the lungs and other digestive organs to fill with mucus. Patients often require transplants of the lungs or other organs, and many CF patients do not survive past middle age.
Testing revealed my youngest daughter likely had cystic fibrosis prior to her birth. The CF, coupled with defects in her young heart, made her first weeks and months outside the womb touch-and-go. Even now, our daughter faces a regular regimen of breathing treatments, check-ups, and antibiotics to stave off frequent infections.
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