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Ten Years Later, Boy's 'Hand of Hope' Continues to Spark Debate [Samuel Armas update]
Fox News ^ | May 06, 2009 | Joshua Rhett Miller

Posted on 05/06/2009 2:18:24 PM PDT by rhema

Edited on 05/06/2009 3:29:02 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Nearly 10 years after a stunning photograph of his tiny hand traveled the world, Samuel Armas has a firm grip on what "The Hand of Hope" means to him.

"When I see that picture, the first thing I think of is how special and lucky I am to have God use me that way," Samuel told FOXNews.com. "I feel very thankful that I was in that picture."


(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com:80 ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: abortion; prenataldevelopment; prolife; samuelarmas

1 posted on 05/06/2009 2:18:24 PM PDT by rhema
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To: Caleb1411; MHGinTN; cpforlife.org; Salvation; narses; wagglebee; LiteKeeper

2 posted on 05/06/2009 2:19:46 PM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema
"It's very important to me," Samuel said of the photograph. "A lot of babies would've lost their lives if that didn't happen."

There is no shortage of liberals who will spit on the ground and despise this lovely boy for entertaining that thought.

Hate-filled weirdos.

3 posted on 05/06/2009 2:22:26 PM PDT by dead
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To: rhema

Made possible by the Hand of God.


4 posted on 05/06/2009 2:23:11 PM PDT by StandUpChuck
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To: rhema

If I remember correctly, a dispute over this photo was the primary reason for Matt Drudge’s departure from Fox News.


5 posted on 05/06/2009 2:23:13 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: rhema

What a great kid. I love his optimism and his spirit. I’m glad to know he’s proud of that picture...he’s right. It probably did convince many, many mothers against abortion.


6 posted on 05/06/2009 2:24:46 PM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: rhema

It won’t make that much of a difference. Millions of pro-choicers are complete sociopaths. One cannot expect human empathy from the inhuman.


7 posted on 05/06/2009 2:24:57 PM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: rhema

8 posted on 05/06/2009 2:25:15 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: pgkdan

Hopefully a dozen or so.


9 posted on 05/06/2009 2:25:57 PM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: rhema

Awesome story....Awesome Kid....Obama would have killed him.


10 posted on 05/06/2009 2:41:27 PM PDT by blasater1960 ( Dt 30, Ps 111, The Torah is perfect, attainable, now and forever)
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To: rhema

I wish they would have reposted the picture to go with the story.


11 posted on 05/06/2009 2:44:46 PM PDT by svcw (There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who know binary and those who don't.)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks


12 posted on 05/06/2009 2:45:37 PM PDT by svcw (There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who know binary and those who don't.)
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To: rhema
Clancy, who was a freelancer for USA Today when he photographed Samuel's fully-formed hand, now works as a motivational speaker at pro-life events. Prior to the picture, Clancy said, he was pro-choice.

God works in mysterious ways.
13 posted on 05/06/2009 2:50:23 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (We've gone from Jefferson to the Jeffersons)
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To: Alberta's Child

That’s absolutely correct. He quit b/c Fox wouldn’t let him show the picture.


14 posted on 05/06/2009 3:11:25 PM PDT by Melpomene
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To: svcw

They did. There’s a selection of photos, and that’s the second. You just have to click on them.


15 posted on 05/06/2009 3:12:53 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: rhema

Thanks so much for the update pix of little Sammy!


16 posted on 05/06/2009 3:37:11 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: Coleus; nickcarraway; narses; Mr. Silverback; Canticle_of_Deborah; TenthAmendmentChampion; ...
Big post with pics (page 2) from years ago:
An Update on Samuel Armas “The Hand of Hope”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/1012548/posts

Pro-Life PING

Please FreepMail me if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.

17 posted on 05/06/2009 9:22:13 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available FREE at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: cpforlife.org

Dr. Bruner was my son’s doc as well. Son was born at 27 weeks, 2lb 3oz. He turns 10 this month as well as Samuel.

Special boys, both.


18 posted on 05/07/2009 7:30:46 AM PDT by kimmie7 (THE CROSS - Today, Tomorrow and Always!)
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To: rhema

See #18. Thanks for posting this!


19 posted on 05/07/2009 7:31:40 AM PDT by kimmie7 (THE CROSS - Today, Tomorrow and Always!)
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To: RikaStrom

self ping


20 posted on 05/07/2009 7:38:35 AM PDT by RikaStrom (Bitter? Who me? Nah, I'm just clinging to my guns!)
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To: rhema

Bravo for Samuel. Bravo. A great testament.


21 posted on 05/07/2009 5:36:24 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: kimmie7
My beautiful granddaughter was born at 27 weeks....2lbs.8oz....

..She's bright, gorgeous and adorable....all caught up in size & abilities.

22 posted on 05/07/2009 5:42:17 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: cpforlife.org
Praise the Lord!

It's amazing. I remember I posted that pic a few times.

Times flies.

23 posted on 05/07/2009 7:04:06 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: cpforlife.org
I still remember posting that pic on FR long ago. I also remember the debate and the belief by some (not here) that it wasn't a real photo.
Shows what the doubters "knew".
24 posted on 05/07/2009 7:14:01 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: rhema

Thanks for this post, Rhema. It has made my day!!

May God help us on this National Day of Prayer to turn this country back to a nation that respects and protects every human life from conception to natural death.


25 posted on 05/07/2009 8:31:33 PM PDT by victim soul
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To: Melpomene

IIRC he DID, in fact, show the pic...


26 posted on 05/07/2009 8:41:23 PM PDT by It's me
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To: rhema

BTTT


27 posted on 05/07/2009 8:43:39 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall ("I will not compromise on life" - what Steele should have said.)
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To: It's me

I don’t know; I just know he either quit or got fired b/c of that picture. Good on him if he did.


28 posted on 05/08/2009 7:42:26 AM PDT by Melpomene
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To: dead

Yup. I know of some people online who wouldn’t use his name, Samuel, but would call him either “the walking abortion” or “the botched abortion” because he should have been killed so his mother wouldn’t have had to go through that operation, yada yada yada—God must cry a neverending river of tears for all the babies humanity has destroyed without a second thought (no, I don’t buy that argument that every woman who undergoes an abortion ‘struggles emotionally’ with it, bah!).

I am so glad this child survived, and it sounds like his parents are raising him to be God-fearing—who knows what the future holds for Samuel? Maybe someday he’ll be one of the people who puts an end to Roe v. Wade!


29 posted on 05/08/2009 5:42:04 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: rhema; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ..
Picture of a 21 week old baby

Hand of Hope (remarkable photo of 21 wk old baby)

Treating the Tiniest (pro-life issue benefits from advances in fetal surgery)

Story of "The Baby Hand"

An Update on Samuel Armas "The Hand of Hope"

Photo of Unborn Baby’s Hand Continues to Change Hearts and Lives

Michael Clancy: The Photographer Whose Amazing Pro-Life Picture Changed the World

Ten Years Later, Boy's 'Hand of Hope' Continues to Spark Debate [Samuel Armas update]

That Little Hand from the Womb: Samuel Armas still Reaching Out for Life

30 posted on 05/09/2009 8:40:17 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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To: Coleus; MHGinTN; HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity; Lexinom; Mrs. Don-o

I haven’t been posting much lately, but I have been lurkin a bit.

Not sure if i’m correct here, but it seems the pro-life threads are getting fewer responses than ever before.

Any thoughts?


31 posted on 05/09/2009 9:08:23 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available FREE at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: rhema

Bravo for this fine young man. And for his parents and the doctor who performed that procedure while he was in the womb. God works wonders on a daily basis and young Samuel is living proof of it!


32 posted on 05/09/2009 9:19:03 PM PDT by dcwusmc (We need to make government so small that it can be drowned in a bathtub.)
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To: Admin Moderator

How does sourcing something from Fox News translate into an LA Times article? I’m baffled.


33 posted on 05/09/2009 9:20:52 PM PDT by dcwusmc (We need to make government so small that it can be drowned in a bathtub.)
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To: rhema

Dr. Joseph P. Bruner

Dr. Joseph P. Bruner, director of the Vanderbilt fetal diagnosis and therapy program, indicated the photo has less significance for him.

Apparently fetal surgeons agree that their patients feel pain since anesthesia is given to both the mother and her child, although Bruner, who has performed 80 in utero spina bifida operations, continues to abort fetuses with the disease at the woman's request -- "an increasingly difficult position to be in," the doctor has said. "Because we are performing surgery to improve the lifestyle of fetuses who have spina bifida, it is difficult to justify an operation that could also take that life away," he said. "As we walk through this mine field, society is going to have to take a good, hard look at itself, because it is untenable to hold both views."

Bruner has estimated that about half of women in the United States who discover they are carrying a fetus with spina bifida choose abortion.

Samuel Armas, the infant whose in utero surgery made history after a photo of the pre-born baby grasping the finger of his surgeon through an opening in Mrs. Armas' uterus energized pro-life groups and led to Matt Drudge's departure from Fox News, was born without fanfare.

Journalist Matt Drudge, author of the Drudge Report, attempted to use Baby Samuel's famous photo on his Fox News Network television show, but was forbidden to do so by network management.

"He was using this photo [also seen in] the National Enquirer as a jumping-off point to talk about partial-birth abortion," said Fox News spokesman Brian Lewis. "It was a picture of an emergency operation for spina bifida. We thought it was a blatant misrepresentation. It was a straight editorial decision."

WorldNetDaily columnist and Associate Editor Elizabeth Farah cautioned the network about its reason for censoring the picture.

"Would you have allowed Matt to make his point by displaying a picture of a different pre-birth child -- this one a victim of abortion?" she asked.

"If memory serves, no picture of an aborted baby's body or video has ever been seen in an establishment paper or on an establishment network," Farah continued. "The word censorship comes to mind."

http://tinyurl.com/qdgbff

34 posted on 05/09/2009 9:41:07 PM PDT by kcvl
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Why Fox censored Drudge

Elizabeth Farah

http://tinyurl.com/qdgbff


35 posted on 05/09/2009 9:43:17 PM PDT by kcvl
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Samuel Armas and his younger brother Zachary, both with spina bifida

Julie and Alex Armas, pictured with their oldest sons, Samuel and Ethan, refused to consider abortion when Samuel and their third son, Zachary, were diagnosed with spina bifida before their birth.

36 posted on 05/09/2009 9:56:40 PM PDT by kcvl
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Michael Clancy, the photographer who snapped the photo in 1999 of Baby Samuel Armas reaching out of his mother’s uterus to hold the finger of his surgeon, attended a pregnancy care center banquet last month, where he and Samuel’s mother Julie spoke.

Wrote Michael in an email to me, “It was a God moment when at the end of her presentation, Samuel, at seven years old, climbed the stairs and took his place beside her at the podium. A standing ovation ensued and it was one of several times that night I more than teared up, I cried.”

Here is a photo of Samuel and Michael, taken in March 2007.

http://tinyurl.com/ohbtjs


37 posted on 05/09/2009 10:02:24 PM PDT by kcvl
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