Facing adversity, criticism and an uncertain future for her conjoined twins, Amanda Schulten says she chose life.
Despite the devastatingly low probability of survival, the single Marengo mother-to-be said that, for her, there was just no other option.
Joined at the heart, her daughters — whom she's already named Hope and Faith — should be given a chance to live, Amanda said, no matter how long those lives may be.
Strong in her Catholic religious beliefs, Amanda said she loves her children unconditionally and cannot interfere with God's will.
"He has a plan for me, and for them," she said. "We never know when our last day will be. We have to enjoy it, and appreciate health while we have it."
"The doctor said the babies won't make it, and termination is the best option," Amanda said. "I broke down. I wasn't thinking about abortion, I was thinking, ‘Will they survive?' Not ‘I want them to die.' "
Amanda never returned to that doctor's office.
Here's Amanda's blog whose latest entry indicates that she's been admitted to the hospital and a C-section has been planned.