Religious legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, formerly the Alliance Defense Fund, is proud to announce that they have stopped a forced abortion case in Nevada. While tooting their own horn in announcing their win, however, they conveniently leave a few key facts out of their press release.
Some two decades ago, William and Amy Bauer of Fernley adopted six children from Costa Rica. All of the children were siblings, and all suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome. As a result of that affliction, the second-oldest, Elisa, now 32, is mentally challenged, and has other physical challenges. Because of these issues, she lives in a group home as a ward of the state, although the Bauers remain her legal, loving guardians.
It’s been a rough few months for the Bauers. William is the rector of St. Columba’s Church, which recently burned down in an arson-caused fire. About the same time, the Bauers learned that Elisa had become pregnant.
She decided with her parents to give birth to the baby, and arranged for a private adoption. Six qualified couples expressed a strong interest in the child. But that beautiful opportunity to turn something sad into something good was quickly challenged by one of Elisa’s physicians, who decided that – because Elisa is mentally handicapped – the baby should be aborted. When Elisa and her parents refused to agree to that, he alerted local social services, who took them to court.
For anyone who has followed this story via our coverage of it here, it's easy to see what is being glossed over. Left out of the accounting? First, the fact that Elisa has the mental capacity of a six year old, making it difficult for her to make any "decisions" when it came to keeping or ending the pregnancy, or whether she should give the baby up for adoption if she gives birth. In fact, the ADF release makes it sound as if Elisa was the one arranging for the adoption, where as the guardians were the ones who had arranged potential couples to potentially adopt.