ABORTION IN THE NEWS
Abortion Survivors Speak Out
Who Are the Abortion Survivors Impact on Abortion Survivors Abortion Survivor Melissa Ohden Abortion Survivor Josiah Presley Abortion Survivor Claire Culwell Abortion Legal Through Birth and Infanticide
Who Are the Abortion Survivors
- If your mother attempted to abort you, and you did not die from the abortion attempt, you are an abortion survivor.
- If your mother was carrying twins, did not know it, and the abortion only killed your brother or sister but not you, you are an abortion survivor.
- If your mother aborted one or more of your siblings but chose not to abort you, you are an abortion survivor.
Impact on Abortion Survivors
The resulting impact on these abortion survivors can be both physical and emotional, but they have overwhelmingly testified that they are glad to be alive and have forgiven their birth mothers for the abortions.
The physical scars from the abortions can be anything from lost limbs, to birth defects, to dislocated limbs, to cerebral palsy, and other physical damage.
The emotional scars come from the many questions of why did my mother try to abort me? Why did I survive and my sibling did not? How can I forgive my birth mother? And then there is the issue of survivor guilt.
Survivor guilt was first recognized back in the 1960s when Holocaust survivors all displayed similar symptoms of feeling guilty that they were alive and other family members were not. Survivor guilt is now identified among survivors of many tragic events like terrorism, combat, natural disasters, etc.
Abortion Survivor Melissa Ohden
Abortion supporters have claimed that many of the things said about late term abortions and babies surviving abortions are simply myths and not true. They also contend that in the rare instance of a late term abortion it is always performed because of a danger to the mother or because the baby is severely deformed.
Melissa Ohden counters these claims as she is an abortion survivor of an unsuccessful saline abortion when her birth mother was 31 weeks pregnant and forced into an abortion. There was no life-threatening danger to her mother, and Melissa was not deformed in any way.
Now as the founder of The Abortion Survivors Network, Melissa has connected with 269 abortion survivors, and the number is growing. Melissa has become a spokesperson for these survivors and on February 14 met at the White House with President Trump and thanked him for all he is doing to support them and the preborn.
Abortion Survivor - Josiah Presley
Josiah is the survivor of a D & C (dilation & curettage) abortion when his Korean birth mother was 8 weeks along in her pregnancy. After a few months she realized that she was still pregnant and decided to give birth and put the baby up for adoption. Josiah was a healthy baby but had suffered a disfigured arm most likely from the abortion as a curette is used to cut the baby into pieces.
At 13 months Josiah was adopted by a family in Oklahoma where he joined ten other adopted and two biological children. Josiah was told of the abortion when he was 13 and for a time felt malice toward his birth mother. However, he has since forgiven her with the help of his strong religious convictions. He is now a college student with hopes of becoming a pastor.
Josiah is a strong and vocal advocate of adoption and speaks out for the adoption option, saying he feels a burden and responsibility to be a voice for those who do not have one.
Abortion Survivor Claire Culwell
Claire survived a surgical abortion, but her twin did not. Her birth mother was only 13 years old when she became pregnant, and her mother took her straight to the abortion clinic to get rid of the problem. When Claire continued to grow in her womb, her mother realized she was still pregnant.
Claire was born 2 1/2 months early and had dislocated hips and club feet. Although the abortion still affects her today, she has forgiven her birth mother and says she will not be silent because she can relate to the other birth mothers and where she and her twin were at that time. She wants to tell them all there is hope and there are options.
Claire now testifies to legislators and even went to Ireland to testify that every child deserves a chance at life.
Abortion Legal Through Birth & Infanticide
Recent news has covered the new abortion law in New York state allowing abortion up to the point of birth and legislation in Virginia which the Governor said would allow the fate of babies born alive in a late term abortion to be decided by the mother whether they would be treated as a newborn or left to die.
This flies in the face of OBGYN Dr. Roger Marshall who has been in practice for 25 years and delivered over 5,000 babies. Dr. Marshall has testified that he cannot think of a single scenario where a late term abortion was necessary for a woman's health.
In essence, these types of laws would legalize what Dr. Kermit Gosnell was just given three life sentences for doing. Dr. Gosnell was an abortionist in Philadelphia who was convicted of killing live born infants by snipping their spinal cords after they were born through late term abortions. The Gosnell film came out last year promoted as Americas Biggest Serial Killer.
The question now becomes - what do we do with abortion survivors? Do we allow them to live and be adopted, or do we allow doctors to do what Dr. Gosnell did? Right now it all depends upon where they are born. This is why the abortion survivors are speaking out.