February 27, 2019

An Important Survival Story

Dana Mathewson

It's very disturbing that Congressional Republicans are too weasely to support the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act. You'd think it would be a matter of conscience, but alas, apparently Democrats are not the only ones who are obliged to undergo a conscience-ectomy when entering Congress.

Here is a story (hat tip to Eddie Engebretson) that illustrated just why we need this Act:

At age 14, Melissa Ohden learned that her biological mother was forced to have a saline abortion, one that she defied the odds by surviving despite being in the womb only an estimated 31 weeks.

Years later, a nurse who cared for her in the NICU told Ohden: "A tall blond nurse rushed me in, and she shouted, ‘That darned [abortion doctor] messed up. She just kept gasping for breath, and I couldn’t just leave her there to die.’”

Even more incredible, Ohden, who had been "gasping for breath” but is now 41, says she survived an ordeal that lasted five days instead of the usual 72 hours for that type of procedure in 1977.

An unborn baby normally "would soak in that toxic salt solution being poisoned and scalded, and then they would induce labor to expel that deceased child from the womb,” Ohden says in an interview with The Daily Signal.

"Through my medical records, we actually have learned that I soaked in that toxic salt solution not for three days, but five,” she says.

Ohden, who later was adopted, says she has spent the past 12 years speaking out to share her story and connect with others who had similar experiences.

"I’ve never intended to live this public life as a survivor,” she says. "But I have learned that that’s my purpose.”

She met last week with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

An historic moment: to have the survivor of a failed abortion in the West Wing of the White House https://t.co/H7sCgPaTui #abortionsurvivors @melissaohden pic.twitter.com/SVQNf21Qkm

— Right to Life (@nrlc) February 18, 2019

Ohden recalls in the interview with The Daily Signal:

It was our opportunity to share our stories with the president, to help him understand the impact that late-term abortion has had on our lives, and really for each of us to thank him for his commitment. … I shook his hand and said, ‘On behalf of the 269 survivors that I’ve connected with, through my work, I want to thank you for your commitment and all that you do for life.’

And I meant that. I wasn’t there for myself that day, I was there for all of the survivors that I work with, who are so grateful for President Trump and all that he’s doing, and for those children who are going to lose their lives to abortion.

Ohden says she is troubled by the recent debate over infanticide and failed Senate votes to provide medical care to abortion survivors, especially when she is just one of many with a similar story:

The way that I’ve described it to some people is we’re living in this time right now where it feels like everybody is having this conversation about abortion and children who survive. They’re having this conversation not realizing that we’re out here.

It’s really interesting that the Democrats are introducing this really aggressive legislation [to allow abortion] through the third trimester, yet at the same time wanting to delete the protection for children like me that survive abortions. The more they introduce this kind of legislation, the greater the likelihood it’s going to be that children like me survive.

"And so we desperately need that Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act to ensure that we’re provided medical care,” Ohden says, using "we” to put herself in the company of all abortion survivors.

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