The doctor answered, “You don’t get it — this child is a freak.”
“I don’t care what you say,” she answered. She was determined to keep her baby — and to get a new doctor.
A second doctor was sent and he said the baby would be fine, “If you’re willing to lie in bed for the rest of this pregnancy.”
The parents were happy to do just that. But “How will we pay?” they asked. Insurance wouldn’t cover a months-long hospital stay.
The new doctor said not to worry. He had made a bet with the first doctor that she would deliver a healthy and normal child. If the baby was normal, Doctor 1 would pay for her $1,200 hospital stay. If not, Doctor 2 would pay.
“When the second doctor delivered me he told the nurse to go get the other doctor and tell him to see his ‘little freak,’” laughed Bishop Cozzens.
The “freak” would later help start the March for Life, and another student a few years behind him would take up the slack: James Albers, who is now Abbot James of St. Benedict’s Abbey on our campus.
Abbot James will be riding one of our eight buses on the 1,000 mile-plus trip to lead the March for Life this year — along with faculty, staff and 386 students, nearly 25% of our student body.
It is no coincidence that the pro-life leaders in college become leaders in the world later on.
Bishop Cozzens said: “The pro-life issue has been in a certain way the key issue in the cultural battles that we are deeply immersed in in the United States. It was the first dividing point for the future. We had to decide: Would we be willing to live sacrificially for another, or not? Being involved in the pro-life movement is a key to those who support the founding dream of the United States. College students need to be involved in that, if they will be involved in building a culture of life, which is one of the great tasks of this generation.”