Monthly Archives: March 2017

Changing the Face of Beauty, Melanie and Madeline

NRL News Today

Melanie and Madeline, changing the face of beauty

 

Two young women with Down syndrome present their special charm to the world

By Mary Le Rumeur

Mélanie Ségard

Mélanie Ségard

Two beautiful young girls – one in France and the other from Australia – are showing the world a new face of Down syndrome.

Mélanie had a dream; she wanted to present the weather report on television. So last month, 21-year-old Mélanie Ségard posted a message on FaceBook: “If I get 100,000 likes, I can be the weather girl.”

Within 10 days Mélanie had 200,000 likes, and several television channels contacted her. The choice was made to accept the spot offered by France 2 on its main evening news programme.

Mélanie spent four days at the TV channel’s studios in Paris, under the tuition of former weather girl Catherine Laborde. She had to learn her text by heart because she cannot read or write. The current weather girl Anaïs Baydemir took her under her wing and they worked as a team.

On March 14 the final preparations were made with Melanie choosing her clothes and make-up. Finally, at 8.35 pm, she was on screen, wearing a little black skirt, pretty pink top, chic earrings and a confident smile. Mélanie was telling the whole of France that Spring weather was arriving: “ Thursday, cloudy in the north, sunny near Marseille…. ”

And to finish, “Happy feastday tomorrow to all the Louises.” Anaïs and Mélanie hugged each other, a big happy smile on both faces.

This project was initiated to mark Down Syndrome Day, March 21. (The 21st of the third month represents the extra chromosome at the 21st pair that causes trisomy 21.) An association of families with DS children was looking for a way to overcome the “ invisibility ”of their children, especially on television. And they were very proud of Mélanie’s exploits.

“Mélanie was natural and spontaneous. Her presentation was happy and confident. Mélanie gave the message that if society helps these young people, they can achieve many things,” said the president of the association, Luc Gateau. “We hope that schools will become more inclusive of children with handicaps, and the next generation will be more familiar with different handicaps and able to interact more easily.”

Mélanie’s weather report gave France 2 a record audience of over 5 million and it was also watched more than 3 million times on internet. On Twitter, 12,000 people sent Melanie a message of congratulations.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles…

Madeline Stuart via Facebook

Madeline Stuart
via Facebook

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Madeline Stuart was launching her own fashion label – in the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel, no less! Since 2015 Madeline has made a special place for herself in the fashion world, modeling in New York, Birmingham, Dubai, Paris, Los Angeles, Melbourne, and China.

“ Exuberance ” is the word for this 20-year-old Australian who watched a fashion parade one day in her home town of Brisbane, and said to her mother, “Mum, me, model.”

Her mother Rosanne took up the challenge, first helping her daughter to lose 20 kilos, by dancing and going to the gym. Maddie’s new silhouette inspired people around the world.

Then in September 2015 Madeline was on the catwalk for the first time, during the New York Fashion Week. You can see the video of her first parade, in a stunning black dress, on her website. Colours and zazzy patterns are the trademark of Madeline’s casual but chic ready-to-wear collection. Her label: “21 Reasons Why.”

Madeline and her team assume with pride all her 21 chromosomes, and showcase a young woman who takes life full on, with her arms open wide, a toss of her long shiny hair, and a smile to reach your heart. In 2016 Madeline was nominated for the Pride of Australia and Young Australian of the Year.

In 2015 a United States group called Changing the Face of Beauty set out to find 15 retailers to commit to using models with disabilities in their advertisements – and wound up getting commitments from more than 100 companies. With television and fashion weeks coming to the party, the face of beauty is certainly changing.

Editor’s note. Mary O’Neill Le Remeur writes from Angers in France. This appeared at Mercatornet and is reposted with permission.

Source: http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2017/03/melanie-and-madeline-changing-the-face-of-beauty/#.WNQSeziQw74

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I Thought of My Child as a “Bunch of Cells”

NRL News Today

I thought of my child as a “bunch of cells”

By Sarah Terzo

The one person who can't fight back.One woman who had an abortion knew that she was pregnant with a child, but tried to convince herself it was just a bunch of cells:

“My whole world fell in around me as I tried to make the hardest decision I have ever faced. I had always said I didn’t want children. But there was a child growing inside me. My child….I tried every way possible not to think of it that way. I told myself it was nothing but a bunch of cells. It was just an accident I had to deal with.”

Quoted in JivinJehoshaphat.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.

Urgent Action: Call Your Representative!

Ohio Right to Life

Friend —

Today the U.S. House is expected to vote on H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017–legislation which will eliminate the abortion-subsidizing provisions of Obamacare and cut hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood.

We are urging you to call your Representative TODAY to urge them to vote for H.R. 1628! Click here to find your Representative.

H.R. 1628 includes the following pro-life provisions:

1) prevents credits from being used for plans that pay for abortions
2) eliminates about 85% of federal Planned Parenthood funding for the next year
3) preserves non-taxed employer provided health plans and
4) postpones the “Cadillac tax” until 2026

As you know, Obamacare contains multiple provisions authorizing federal subsidies for abortion and abortion-expanding regulatory mandates. A 2014 GAO report revealed that over 1,000 federally subsidized plans nationwide were covering elective abortion.

H.R. 1628 would repeal the provisions of law that created this system, and prohibit any future federal tax credits from subsidizing the purchase of plans that cover elective abortion, thereby restoring the longstanding principles of the Hyde Amendment with respect to federally funded health coverage.

Friend, this should be a TOP priority as the bill is likely to come up for a vote TODAY. Please call your Representative now, and help turn back the harmful mandates of Obamacare!

With you for Life,

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Devin Scribner
Executive Director

P.S. Registration for Pro-life Legislative Day was originally set to close yesterday. Due to a massive outage experienced by our website service provider yesterday morning, we are extending the deadline to today, March 23. Register now to be a part of the statewide movement that is changing minds and saving lives!