COD, Feb. 5, 2019: All life is valuable, even those here only briefly


Long-time friend and Council Brother, Lloyd Cozens, passed the below along to me this morning, and I thought this group would find it a worthy read.

Earlier this week, Lloyd’s wife, Karen, wrote a letter to the editor of the Richmond Times Dispatch and was recognized as yesterday’s Correspondent of the Day:

The Virginia Christian Alliance also posted Karen’s letter:

Please also remember that there will be a Commonwealth for Life March tomorrow, Feb 7, beginning at 10am at the State Capitol:

Thanks, all.

Bart Leahey, Grand Knight
St. Bridget Church | Knights of Columbus Council 5476
COD, Feb. 5, 2019: All life is valuable, even those here only briefly

Karen and son Christian

Richmond Times Dispatch; Feb 4, 2019

All life is valuable, even those here only briefly

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

A young couple is told their baby has a condition not compatible with life. They are informed the baby will most likely die in utero or shortly after birth. They are heartbroken. They are told that ending the pregnancy is the best decision for all involved. There is no need for the baby to suffer. It is the compassionate decision. The couple chooses life and beautiful Ella arrives. She breathes and she cries and fills three beautiful months of summer sunshine with love, smiles, adventures, and heartbreak.

A few years later, another young couple is given a similar diagnosis for their baby. They, too, are heartbroken. They too choose life and chubby, sweet, perfect Jacob arrives. His parents are overwhelmed by this beautiful gift of life they are given. He fills seven glorious hours surrounded by his family, and he is loved.

February 2, 1996, Christian eagerly and fearlessly enters the world. He also is born with a devastating genetic abnormality. He is larger than life and full of love. He fills the world with joy. He lives an incredible, awe-inspiring 20 years. His last year is filled with unfathomable suffering and unbelievable grief. Would his parents have chosen life if they had known the pain and anguish that was to be? Yes, we still would have chosen life. Just as Ella’s and Jacob’s parents, we will grieve for the rest of our lives. We are forever grateful we were given the gifts of our children.

There are lawmakers in Virginia, including Gov. Ralph Northam, who believe it is my right to decide, at any point in my pregnancy, the value of the child I am carrying. An impossible task. Sadly, many people would reject the gift of life because suffering and pain are hard.

Life is hard, but these three perfect human beings made life beautiful. Three months, seven hours, or 20 years, each life was equally, magnificently valuable. No, we do not have the right to determine the value of a life yet to be lived.

Karen Cozens. Richmond, VA