Advancing The Sanctity Of Human Life On Capitol Hill

Born Alive to Live or Die?

Sep 9, 2019

Melissa Ohden

She was never supposed to see the light of day. The saline infusion abortion was intended to make sure of that. After emerging into this world, and being set aside, the unexpected sounds of her gasping breaths drew the attention of the attending nurse. Upon realizing the abortion had failed, the nurse determined to save this baby’s life...and save it, she did.

This is the miraculous story of Melissa Ohden. At age 14, Melissa discovered that she is an abortion survivor. At age 30, she obtained the medical records from her birth and discovered she had endured a saline infusion abortion in which she was exposed to a toxic saline solution for five days. The solution should have ended her life but miraculously did not. Thankfully, after being born alive, a merciful nurse intervened on her behalf.

That nurse’s act of mercy not only had an impact on Melissa’s life, but her children’s lives, and all the lives that Melissa has now influenced as a result. In fact, in the very hospital where Melissa’s life was intended to end, she gave birth to her first daughter. What an incredible reminder of the intergenerational impact of abortion!

Melissa has used her life to be a voice for the voiceless. She routinely speaks at fundraisers for pregnancy centers, has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, and the Australian Parliament. She also became the first abortion survivor to be invited to the White House and meet President Trump.

As our country continues to battle for life and death, every day, 3,000 unborn babies die from abortion. Melissa’s story brings us face to face with the humanity of each one and serves as a reminder that abortion survivors are not “hypothetical.” Her story is real and one of many. In fact, since Melissa founded the Abortion Survivor’s Network in 2012, she has been in contact with over 210 survivors.

Tomorrow, a hearing will be held by House minority leaders on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This bill would make medical care mandatory for babies, like Melissa, who survive an abortion. Thus far, the bill has been unable to be brought to a vote in the House and the U.S. Senate has been unable to unanimously pass it.  Simultaneously, an increasing number of states seek to allow abortions up until birth. With the expected rise in third trimester terminations, Melissa says, “we will see an increase in babies that survive abortions.” It is hard to imagine a scenario in which it is permissible to deny care to these survivors, but that is what we are currently facing.

National Pro-Life Center will be present at the hearing as we pray for truth to be revealed and hearts to be changed as attendees listen to testimony on why Congress must take action to protect babies that survive an abortion. Then our team will meet with individual leaders and their staff members on Capitol Hill, and stories like Melissa’s will serve as a powerful opportunity to put a face and a name to lives that may be allowed to be “set aside” if our representatives do not take a stand for life.

Please join us in praying for this hearing and our meetings with policymakers. In addition, will you take a moment to make a much-needed investment in the National Pro-Life Center? Your gift of 10, 20, 50, or 100 dollars or more will help us, your missionaries here on Capitol Hill, to continue this battle for the voiceless and forgotten in our society.

Thank you for your prayers and support,

National Pro-Life Center


P.S. Listen to Melissa Ohden share her powerful testimony on Liberty Counsel's Faith and Freedom radio program.

The Amazing Testimony of Abortion Survivor Melissa Ohden

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