Austin and Nicole LeBlanc were thrilled when they learned they were pregnant. But nothing prepared them for being told they are expecting conjoined twin girls who share one heart and other vital organs.
Doctors immediately deemed the pregnancy high-risk and suggested termination.
“They definitely pushed an abortion agenda on us and on our babies,” she said. “That is something that we were not okay with and something we are totally, completely against because even though I couldn’t feel them moving at 10 weeks, I could see them clearly jumping together off the side of my womb, jumping together, so it’s a human life.”
The couple says several saints and biblical figures have inspired the names they chose for their twin girls — Maria Therese and Rachel Claire.
“We definitely want to have our babies be gifts to our Blessed Mother so, Maria, the Latin name for Mary,” Nicole explained. “And I’ve always had a special connection with the Old Testament story of Rachel so, Maria Therese and Rachel Claire.”
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Photo credit: Nicole LeBlanc