A church in Virginia put up a Facebook status explaining that there was a couple from another state who was planning on aborting their fetus which had Downs Syndrome if they did not find a suitable adoptive parent.
The Holy Trinity Catholic Church posted it on Monday after Reverend Thomas Vander Woude asked the young mother to let them find an adoptive family.
They agreed. Immediately after the status was posted, the church received more than 900 responses in one day from different families who wanted to adopt the child. Now, the young mother is interviewing three of the families.
"When we got in and opened up around 9:30, it was nearly nonstop. All day long, we were receiving phone calls from people who wanted to adopt the baby," Martha Drennan, church staff member, said. "Father Vander Woude has gotten over 900 emails in regard to the baby."
The status update said, "There is a couple in another state who have contacted an adoption agency looking for a family to adopt their Down Syndrome unborn baby. If a couple has not been found by today they plan to abort the baby. If you are interested in adopting this baby please contact Fr. VW IMMEDIATELY. We are asking all to pray for this baby and the wisdom that this couple realize the importance of human life and do not abort this beautiful gift from God."
The couple lives in a state where abortions after 24 weeks are not allowed.
The church said they received offers from across the globe for adoption, including all over the U.S., and in England, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands.
"I think it is a wonderful use of social media, that word can so quickly get all over the country and even to foreign countries and that the people who see the value of life are stepping up and saying, 'I will take that baby, and raise that baby as mine,'" Drennan said.
"It was a beautiful witness all day long that so many people wanted this child and believed in the dignity of that child - Downs syndrome or not."