Saturday, September 25, 2010

40 Days, and abortion survivors

Most of us have heard of Gianna Jessen, the young woman who survived her birth-mother's attempt to kill her via a saline abortion and who inspires many by her life and work.

What we don't often think about is that her story is not a unique one. There are other abortion survivors out there.

There are, of course, all the children born after Roe v. Wade whose mothers chose life. There are, especially, those children whose mothers actually considered abortion, maybe even drove to a clinic, before changing their minds.

There are those infants born alive during some late-term abortions, many of whom were, and still are despite laws against this practice, left to die. Our current president supports letting babies born alive during abortion die. He thinks that to try to save their lives "burdens" the mother.

And then there are those, like Gianna, who actually survive the attempt to kill them:
They live among us but they weren't meant to.

Of the one billion unborn babies killed since society decided abortion was a better choice than supporting women in pregnancy, a handful survive to speak beyond the womb.

Melissa Ohden is one of them and listening to her is spooky.

"We know there are far more of us - people like us," Melissa told a small gathering in Canberra last week.

Sometime in the fifth month of pregnancy, a doctor injected a toxic saline solution into her 19-year-old mother's amniotic fluid.

Five days later she was delivered and a nurse left her beside the bed.

Upon hearing grunting noises from the 3lb 'corpse', doctors were alerted and her life was saved.

Her medical records explain her existence this way: "Saline abortion that was unsuccessful".

Melissa has met around 10 other survivors and says because of the 'failure rate' saline abortions have been ditched for more effective methods.

Chillingly, she told of meeting a man who showed her his partially crushed skull from a failed late term abortion attempt.

I wonder what would happen if abortion survivors like these could really be heard from? If they could tell their stories on national and international television, if they were interviewed for MSM publications, if they were highlighted each year on January 22? If their (mostly adoptive) families could explain just how difficult and terrible it is to tell your child that his or her medical problems are a result of his or her mother paying someone to kill him or her?

We need to hear their voices and their stories. And we need to contrast them with the coldness of the professional abortionists who shrug at these stories and say, in effect, that abortion survivors only show that abortion methods ought to be made more "successful," so that no child will ever survive an abortion and live to talk about it.

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