The mother cannot face this challenge and has booked to have a selective abortion of the spina bifida boy on February 2. If she goes through with it, the child will be aborted at 31½ weeks by Caesarean.
Yes, you read correctly. 31½ weeks. Abortion is legal and unrestricted in Canada until birth.
Pray for the mother. Dawn reports, "While the mother is Christian and opposes abortion, she is very distressed at the thought of giving birth to a severely handicapped child, and she is thinking that perhaps it would be better for both the boy and her if he were killed before birth."
If you can, send a cheque to the crisis pregnancy centre Aid to Women, which has been helping the mother.
Aid to Women
300 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 2G7
The center asked that I not publish their phone number, as they are swamped with calls about the mass e-mail.
A profile in The Interim of Aid to Women. Link thanks to Dawn.
And again I'll link to felix hominum's powerful post on prenatal diagnosis and abortion.