An open letter from an abortion survivor to the daughter of “Jane Roe”

Shelley is the baby behind the landmark case that ultimately paved the way to more than 62 million abortions, including the saline infusion abortion that was meant to end my life in 1977. Her life led to what was intended to be my death. But, yet….. I see so much of myself in her.

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An open letter from an abortion survivor to the daughter of “Jane Roe”

By Melissa Ohden Editor’s Melissa, an old friend, miraculous survived a saline abortion in 1977. She has told her story of reconciliation with her biological mother all over the world. including at many NRL National Convention. She is also the founder of The Abortion Survivors Network. I asked to ponder the decision after all these …

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Abortion Survivor’s Mother Speaks Out

By Secular Pro-Life Editor’s note. This repost of a story from year ago is a great reminder of the power of forgiveness, Many of our readers are familiar with the name Melissa Ohden. A longtime friend of Secular Pro-Life, Melissa is probably the most outspoken abortion survivor in the United States. She has testified before legislative bodies about …

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University of Pittsburgh hires firm to analyze its research using aborted babies

By Samantha Kamman  The University of Pittsburgh has hired Washington, D.C., law firm Hyman, Phelps & McNamara to conduct an independent review of its research involving the bodies of aborted children. After the firm conducts its review, it will reportedly present its findings to the University’s senior leadership. Explaining the reason for its actions, the …

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Baby born alive after an abortion, lived for 10 hours

By Sarah Terzo Loran Denison was pregnant with her fourth child, who was diagnosed with Edwards Syndrome. She had an abortion, but her son was born alive. Doctors didn’t treat the baby, but his heart kept beating for 10 hours as she held him. She named her son Kiyo Bleu. Denison tells her story: They told …

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Clinic worker talks about how aborted baby clung to mother

By Sarah Terzo Pro-choice author Magda Denes quoted an abortion worker who said that two babies were born alive in her clinic in one week: There was one week when there were two live births in the same week. And just, you know, there’s this baby crying on the floor while all these women are …

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The power of the testimony of abortion survivors

By Dave Andrusko Earlier this week, we posted a story written by abortion survivor Melissa Ohden.  The headline is a beautiful summary: “Camaraderie, mutual love and connection found at the first-of-its-kind abortion survivors retreat.” It is my personal opinion that their voices, heretofore largely muted and ignored and/or disbelieved by the “mainstream media,” will eventually …

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Camaraderie, mutual love and connection found at the first-of-its-kind abortion survivors retreat

By Melissa Ohden, as told to Dave Andrusko Imagine it taking multiple decades and a steady accumulation of credible evidence for your story to be acknowledged, believed, cared about, and fought for.  Imagine existing in a world where the very thing that nearly ended your life is normalized.  Imagine an opportunity to finally come to …

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What is the difference between a baby who is born prematurely and a baby fighting for life after a botched abortion? One is rushed to the NICU, the other is completely ignored.

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation It was one of those Facebook posts which breaks your heart. A young mother who had just given birth to twins found out that one of her newborn baby boys was in medical trouble.  He was flown to a distant children’s hospital where he could receive …

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Baby ‘left to die’ after failed abortion in New Zealand

By Right to Life UK  A baby born alive after an unsuccessful late-term abortion was “left gasping without medical assistance for two hours before dying” at a hospital in New Zealand.  The incident follows the passing of the Abortion Legislation Bill introduced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Government in 2020, which introduced the most extreme …

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Abortion survivor Melissa Ohden: “Is there space in the abortion narrative for stories like mine, men and women who are alive today after surviving failed abortion procedures?”

Testimony in opposition to “Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act” By Dave Andrusko We’ve written several stories about Wednesday’s meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee in which (with two exceptions) the testimony senators heard sang hosannas to the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act. WHPA, of course, is designed to remove or nullify all legal protections …

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Giving a voice to abortion survivors

By Melissa Ohden Editor’s note. This appears in the May digital edition of National Right to Life News, “the pro-life newspaper of record.” Editor’s note. Melissa presented the following testimony in support of SB 405/HB 510: The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which the North Carolina Senate Committee on Health voted to approve. Melissa survived a “failed” …

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