September 20, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The Omaha World-Herald newspaper refused to print an obituary or in memoriam ad for an aborted child, the baby’s father says, and pro-life advocates say the paper’s decision suggests pro-abortion discrimination.
The World-Herald initially refused the father’s request to print an obituary for his son because aborted children don’t get a death certificate. The newspaper then agreed to publish an in memoriam ad if it did not use the word abortion and had no mention of Life Runners (liferunners.org) because it is pro-life organization. The father had originally named Life Runners for memorial contributions for his child.
After the father, Brad Allen, submitted material for the in memoriam, he said, the World-Herald then switched course again, refusing to take the ad or discuss specifics.
“In the struggle for my child’s life the mother’s ‘right’ to an abortion utterly overwhelmed my right to protect and provide for my own child,” Allen said. “I couldn’t even bury my own child. I’m now discovering my right to even memorialize my own child is being overwhelmed. I didn’t expect the Omaha World-Herald to deny me that.”
LifeSiteNews inquired with the World-Herald but did not hear back by press time.
“I wanted Liam to be memorialized like any other life,” Allen said. “Liam had a family and had a life to celebrate. In the final drafts I didn’t mention ‘abortion’ or reference Life Runners. I met the paper’s terms.”
The unborn baby, named Liam Michael Allen by his father, was aborted at 10 weeks of age by the world’s current most notorious late-term abortionist, LeRoy Carhart, at Carhart’s Bellevue, Neb. abortion facility.
Liam’s father, Life Runners founder and President Dr. Pat Castle, Castle’s wife Angi, and others, worked for weeks to convince Liam’s mother not to abort him, to no avail.
Castle and his wife offered to adopt the baby, something they’ve done many times before.
“Whatever it takes to end the killing of 2,500 kids in our country alone today,” Castle told LifeSiteNews.
Abortion will not take away the pain
Allen, who is married, conceived his child in an affair with his next-door neighbor, a single mother whose two young sons are close in age and friends with Allen’s two daughters.
Allen recognized his mistake and begged the mother not to abort their child, regardless of the status of their relationship. And despite the betrayal, Allen’s wife came beside him to advocate for the child’s life.
“God’s fingerprints are all over this redemptive work to stop any more damage from the affair, and begin healing,” Castle said. “Minister to the mother, bring dignity to Liam’s life, and help Brad fight for his son.”
Allen said he just wanted the child to live.
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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Lisa Bourne. It was originally published at LifeSiteNews, title and image changed.]
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