Many noteworthy things happened to Nightlight Christian Adoptions and its extended family during 2010, but one of the most exciting was being mentioned in Decision Points, the recently-released memoir of President George W. Bush.
In the book, President Bush recalls the first veto of his Presidency - a decision to overrule the passage of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2006 - which would have allowed federal funding for embryonic stem cell research that would destroy embryos.
Included in the organizations and individuals invited to the White House on July 19, 2006 were families and employees from Nightlight Christian Adoptions and the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program.
Here is a brief excerpt from Decision Points, where President Bush discusses the events leading up to this historic moment:
“That same day, I also met representatives of National Right to Life. They opposed any research that destroyed embryos. They pointed out that each tiny stem cell cluster had the potential to grow into a person. In fact, all of us had started our lives in this early state. As evidence, they pointed to a new program run by Nightlight Christian Adoptions. The agency secured permission from IVF patients to place their unused frozen embryos up for adoption. Loving mothers had the embryos implanted in them and carried the babies - known as snowflakes - to term. The message was unmistakable: within every frozen embryo were the beginnings of a child…”
“…I gave my veto speech in the East Room with twenty-four excited children and their parents onstage. One of the little wigglers was fourteen-month-old Trey Jones. He started life as an embryo fertilized by Dave and Heather Wright of Macomb, Michigan. The couple had undergone IVF treatment, which helped them bring three beautiful children into the world. They gave permission for their remaining frozen embryos to be adopted, instead of being destroyed for research.
In Cypress, Texas, J.J. and Tracy Jones were praying for a child. Through Nightlight Christian Adoptions, they were paired with the Wright family embryos. The result was the smiling, blond-haired boy named Trey whom I held in my arms at the White House. Thanks to the miracle of science and the compassion of two families, Trey had a loving home and a hopeful life ahead of him.” (Excerpted from Decision Points, by George W. Bush, Pages 115, 123)
Nightlight was honored to be a part of this significant event along with twenty Snowflake families. Executive Director Ron Stoddart, who travelled with that group to the White House, called the moment “humbling and exciting.”
“To think that we had an impact on our nation’s policies toward protecting life was pretty heady stuff. Twenty families responded to our last-minute call to begin their odyssey to our nation’s capital along with their Snowflake children.
I’m sure that everyone has met a celebrity at one point in their life and you can’t help but form impressions. This was certainly no different. George Bush was more than the President of the United States, surrounded by all of the trappings of power.
He met with us as a man who understood and shared our deepest commitment to life. It was clear that to him this wasn’t politics, it was principle. Diogenes should have visited the White House while Mr. Bush was President."
For more information on Nightlight’s Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program, visit our web site.