Richard Tyler Blevins, a gamer popularly known as “Ninja,” recently revealed that he would not be here today if his mother had aborted him in the womb in accordance with doctors’ advice at the time.
“For you guys who don’t know. I was not supposed to be born potentially. A lot of the doctors told my mom that I had spina bifida or Down syndrome or a number of diseases, and that I should be aborted,” Blevins said on a June 5 “Truly Fortnite” video, according to LifeSiteNews. “She said ‘no’ to all the doctors … And fast forward nine months after that I was born, perfect, you know, nothing wrong with me. My mom is a saint and an angel and I love her to death.”
“Imagine she listened, you know, to one of those doctors, or one of those people,” he continued. “You guys wouldn’t be here. No one would be in this room watching this.”
The wonderful pro-life story recalls that of singer Andrea Bocelli, whose mother, Edi Alighieri, revealed on an Italian talk show last year that she almost aborted him when doctors told her he would be seriously disabled. “They told me to abort; I refused,” Alighieri said at the time.
“As Bocelli himself revealed in 2009, when Alighieri was a young newlywed, she went to the hospital with terrible stomach pains, thinking she might have appendicitis,” LifeSiteNews reported at the time. “There she was told that she was pregnant, but the baby she was carrying was already seriously disabled. He had congenital glaucoma that would render him blind, doctors told her, from birth.”
Bocelli’s famed blindness actually turned into a blessing, according to his mother, because it motivated him to pursue music in the first place. While receiving treatment for his glaucoma at a hospital in Torino, Bocelli met a Russian man who listened to symphonies all day, sparking a love that never died.
“He no longer remembered being in care; he was fascinated by music,” his mother recalled.
Another famous singer, Celine Dion, also says that her mother nearly aborted her and changed course after consulting with a Catholic priest.
“My mother had already brought up 13 children,” said Dion. “For more than 20 years, she’d been locked into a hellish cycle of washing, ironing, and housework, 365 days a year. She thought, rightly, that she’d done her duty. The two little ones, twins Paul and Pauline, were about to go to school and at last she’d have some time to herself. At last she’d be able to go out, perhaps go travelling with my father and revisit the area where they were both brought up. Then suddenly she was pregnant again. She was so shattered she went to see the parish priest to see if she could do something about it.”
When Thérèse Tanguay Dion met with her parish priest, he reiterated the teaching of the Catholic Church that abortion was contrary to nature and God’s plan. “He told her that she had no right to go against nature. So I have to admit that in a way, I owe my life to that priest,” Celine Dion said.
“Once she got over her disappointment that an abortion was out of the question,” added Dion, “she loved me as passionately as she’d loved the last little ones.”