Aborted but Survived!
I read the following post from Focus on the Family with interest this morning. I edited it slightly for space considerations.
For over 40 years, our society has promoted the idea that abortion is as simple as a woman’s choice. Abortion affects her and no one else. Pro-abortion activists never mention the babies, the men, and the families who are impacted forever by an abortion.
They also never talk about children like Melissa. Her 19-year-old mother was in her third trimester when she was given a saline abortion. The procedure injects a toxic salt solution into the amniotic fluid surrounding the womb. The solution poisons and scalds the baby to death. The procedure typically lasts for 72 hours, after which premature labor is induced, and the child is stillborn.
In Melissa’s case, the abortion failed. She was born weighing less than three pounds and barely breathing. Then – in what truly reveals the often-schizophrenic realities that accompany the abortion industry – the clinic nurse swept Melissa out of the abortion area to a rescue team.
Melissa survived. Since then, her life has been a powerful journey of redemption. As a teenager, Melissa developed an eating disorder, abused alcohol, and made poor choices in dating. Through the love and prayers of her adoptive parents and through God’s grace, she worked through to true forgiveness and healing.
Melissa says, “I didn’t stay angry for long because, truly, there’s just not anything for me to be angry about. I’m alive, I’m well, and I’m blessed.”
God is using Melissa Ohden’s story to lift up the humanity of the thousands of children aborted every year and to bring to light the stories of babies like her that survive abortion. Melissa is the founder and director of The Abortion Survivors Network, which seeks to educate people about failed abortions and survivors, while providing emotional, mental, and spiritual support.
You’ll be blessed to read more about her story in her book, You Carried Me: A Daughter’s Memoir (available on Focus on the Families online store and elsewhere.)
What an incredible story of the evil cruelties of abortion and the redemptive power of our Lord Jesus. This young lady had every right to be bitter and angry after surviving attempted murder on her life and Satan almost succeeded in destroying her anyway; however, read what she said: “I didn’t stay angry for long because, truly, there’s just not anything for me to be angry about. I’m alive, I’m well, and I’m blessed.”
Thank you, Jesus, for saving this precious soul. Let her efforts assist in preventing more babies to be added to the 60 million plus babies’ lives that have already been destroyed. I pray for her in that effort and I pray that God will turn this nation away from this grievous sin and for mothers who face this decision to choose life for their child.
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?