By Dave Andrusko
Last week I shared the good news that Melissa Ohden, an abortion survivor, will be the Prayer Breakfast Speaker Friday, June 24 at the National Right to Life Convention 2011, THE premiere pro-life educational event of the year. (If you have not registered for the June 23-25 convention—and taken advantage of early special discounts on room rates which end May 20—click here.)
Well I learned today that two Columbus, Ohio-area men– Gunther Meisse II, of Bellville, and Steve Feazel, of Mount Vernon– have produced a documentary about Melissa titled, “A Voice for Life.”
Feazel, the producer, told the Mansfield News Journal, “When I heard her story, I knew immediately that it would make a terrific documentary and have a profound effect on those who would see it.” He added, “Melissa is living proof that abortion is not the answer to an unwanted pregnancy.”
The Prayer Breakfast is one of six general sessions that attendees to National Right to Life 2011 will enjoy in Jacksonville, Florida.
The convention kicks off Thursday morning with Fred Barnes, editor of The Weekly Standard, and a Fox News contributor. Following lunch, attendees will enjoy a General Session titled, “Planned Parenthood: The Hyper-Political, Under-Regulated, Out-Of-Control Mega-Marketer of Abortion” featuring Abby Johnson Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, Mary Balch, J.D. and others. A highlight Friday afternoon is a Presidential Candidates Forum.
Melissa’s miraculous story is not as well known as it should be. In 1977 she survived a saline abortion, a hideous “procedure,” at approximately six months.
The abortionist inserts a needle through the mother’s abdomen, withdraws amniotic fluid, and replaces the fluid with a solution of concentrated salt. Typically the baby is poisoned when she swallows the salt. The technique fell out favor because it was so dangerous to the mother!
Melissa not only survived but went on to use her Master’s Degree in Social Work to work in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence/sexual assault counseling, and child welfare.
The birth of Olivia, her first child, in 2008, prompted Melissa to found For Olivia’s Sake. Painfully aware that Olivia would not have come into existence if the abortion would have succeeded in ending her life, Melissa felt driven to create this organization that would positively raise awareness of the ripple effect of abortion across generations. For Olivia’s Sake seeks to peacefully raise awareness of the intergenerational impact of abortion on men, women, children, families, and communities. (See www.foroliviassake.org)
After years of searching for her biological family and offering them forgiveness for the decision that was made to end her life, Melissa’s story, and her life, is so much more than one of survival. Melissa’s story is one about the beauty of God’s grace in our lives, about the power of love, about the hope for joy and healing in the midst of grief and loss, and about the transformational power of forgiveness and in answering God’s call for your life.