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Planned Parenthood Celebration Jolted by Abortion Survivor
Focus on the Family ^ | June 16, 2006 | Ted Harvey

Posted on 06/18/2006 9:08:36 PM PDT by skandalon

She sings the anthem to applause, then her secret is revealed to stunned silence.

I want to share with you an awesome experience I had in the Colorado House of Representatives on May 8. It is a humbling experience to look back and realize that God used me to play a role in His divine orchestration.

I was leaving the House chambers for the weekend when our Democrat speaker of the House announced that the coming Monday would be the final day of this year's General Assembly. He went on to state that there were still numerous resolutions on the calendar which we would need to be addressed prior to the summer adjournment. Interestingly, he specifically mentioned that one of the resolutions we would be hearing was being carried by the House Majority Leader Alice Madden, honoring the 90th anniversary of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

As a strong pro-life legislator I was disgusted by the idea that we would pass a resolution honoring this 90-year legacy of genocide. I drove home that night wondering what I could say that might pierce the darkness during the debate on this heinous resolution.

On Saturday morning, I took my 8-year-old son up to the mountains to go white-water rafting. The trip lasted all day. As we were driving home, exhausted and hungry, I remembered that I had accepted an invitation to attend a fundraising dinner that night for a local pro-life organization. One of my most respected mentors had personally called me several weeks earlier and asked me to attend, so I knew I'd have to clean up and head over.

After our meal, the executive director of the organization introduced the keynote speaker. I looked up and saw walking to the stage a handicapped young lady being assisted to the microphone by a young man holding a guitar.

Her name was Gianna Jessen.

Gianna said "Hello," welcomed everyone, and then sang three of the most beautiful Christian songs I have ever heard.

She then began to give her testimony. When her biological mother was 17 years old and seven and a half months pregnant, she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic to have an abortion. As God would have it, the abortion failed and a beautiful 2-pound baby girl was brought into the world. Unfortunately, she was born with cerebral palsy and the doctors thought that she would never survive. The doctors were wrong.

Imagine the timing! A survivor of a Planned Parenthood abortion arrived in town just days before the Colorado House of Representatives was to celebrate Planned Parenthood's "wonderful" work.

As I listened to Gianna's amazing testimony, the Lord inspired me to ask her if she could stay in Denver until Monday morning so that I could introduce her on the floor of the House and tell her story. Perhaps she could even begin the final day's session by singing our country's national anthem!

To my surprise she said she would seriously consider it. If she were to agree, she wanted her accompanying guitarist to stay as well. A lady standing in line behind me waiting to meet Gianna overheard our conversation and said that she would be willing to pay for the guitarist's room. Gianna then said that she would think about it.

As I was driving home from the banquet, my cell phone rang. It was Gianna, and she immediately said, "I'm in, let's ruin this celebration." Praise God!

When Monday morning came, I awoke at 6 a.m. to write my speech before heading to the Capitol. As I wrote down the words, I could sense God's help and I knew that this was going to be a powerful moment for the pro-life movement.

Following a committee hearing, I rushed into the House chambers just as the opening morning prayer was about to be given. Between the prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, I wrote a quick note to the speaker of the House explaining that Gianna is an advocate for cerebral palsy. I took the note to the speaker and asked if I could have my friend open the last day of session by singing the national anthem. Without any hesitation the speaker took the microphone and said, "Before we begin, Representative Harvey has made available for us Gianna Jessen to sing the national anthem."

Gianna sang the most amazing rendition of The Star Spangled Banner that you could possibly imagine. Every person in the entire chamber was completely still, quiet and in awe of this frail young lady's voice.

Due to her cerebral palsy, Gianna often loses her balance, and shortly after starting to sing she grabbed my arm to stabilize herself, and I could tell that she was shaking. Suddenly, midway through the song, she forgot the words and began to hum and then said, "Please forgive me; I am so nervous." She then immediately began singing again and every House member and every guest throughout the chambers began to sing along with her to give her encouragement and to lift her up.

As I looked around the huge hall I listened to the unbelievable melody of Gianna's voice being accompanied by a choir of over 100 voices. I had chills running all over my body, and I knew that I had just witnessed an act of God.

As the song concluded the speaker of the House explained that Gianna has cerebral palsy and is an activist to bring awareness to the disease. "Let us give her a hand not only for her performance today, but also for her advocacy work," he said. The chamber immediately exploded into applause -- she had them all in the palm of her hand.

The speaker then called the House to order, and we proceeded as usual to allow members to make any announcements or introductions of guests. For dramatic effect, I waited until I was the last person remaining before I introduced Gianna.

As I waited for my turn, I nervously paced back and forth praying to God that he would give me the peace, confidence and the courage necessary to pull off what I knew would be one of the most dramatic and controversial moments of my political career.

While I waited, a prominent reporter from one of the major Denver newspapers walked over to Gianna and told her that her rendition captured the spirit of the national anthem more powerfully than any she had ever heard before.

Finally, I was the last person remaining. So, I proceeded to the microphone and began my speech.

Members, I would like to introduce you to a new friend and hero of mine -- her name is Gianna Jessen. She is visiting us today from Nashville, Tennessee, where she is an accomplished recording artist.

She has cerebral palsy and was raised in foster homes before being adopted at the age of four.

She was born prematurely and weighed only 2 pounds at birth. She remained in the hospital for almost three months. A doctor once said she had a great will to live and that she fought for her life. Eventually she was able to leave the hospital and be placed in foster care.

Because of her cerebral palsy, her foster mother was told that it was doubtful that she would ever crawl or walk. She could not sit up independently. Through the prayers and dedication of her foster mother, she eventually learned to sit up, crawl, then stand. Shortly before her fourth birthday, she began to walk with leg braces and a walker.

She continued in physical therapy and after a total of four surgeries, she was able to walk without assistance.

She still falls sometimes, but she says she has learned how to fall gracefully after falling for 29 years.

Two years ago, she walked into a local health club and said she wanted a private trainer. At the time her legs could not lift 30 pounds. Today she can leg press 200 pounds.

She became so physically fit that she began running marathons to raise money and awareness for cerebral palsy. She just returned last week from England where she ran in the London Marathon. It took her more than eight-and-a-half hours to complete. They were taking down the course by the time she made it to the finish line. But she made it, nonetheless. With bloody feet and aching joints, she finished the race.

Members would you help me recognize a modern-day hero -- Gianna Jessen?

At this point the chamber exploded into applause which lasted for 15-to-20 seconds. Gianna had touched their souls.

Ironically, Alice Madden, the majority leader and sponsor of the Planned Parenthood resolution, walked over to Gianna and congratulated her.

As the applause began to die down, I raised my hand to be recognized one more time.

Mr. Speaker, members, if you would allow me just a few more moments I would appreciate your time.

My name is Ted Harvey, not Paul Harvey, but, please, let me tell you the rest of the story.

The cause of Gianna's cerebral palsy is not because of some biological freak of nature, but rather the choice of her mother.

You see when her biological mother was 17-years-old and 7-and-a-half months pregnant, she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic to seek a late-term abortion. The abortionist performed a saline abortion on this 17-year-old girl. This procedure requires the injection of a high concentration of saline into the mother's womb, which the fetus is then bathed in and swallows, which results in the fetus being burned to death, inside and out. Within 24 hours the results are normally an induced, still-born abortion.

As Gianna can testify, the procedure is not always 100 percent effective. Gianna is an aborted late-term fetus who was born alive. The high concentration of saline in the womb for 24 hours resulted in a lack of oxygen to her brain and is the cause of her cerebral palsy.

Members, today, we are going to recognize the 90th anniversary of Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood…"

BANG! The gavel came down.

Just as I was finishing the last sentence of my speech -- the climax of the morning -- the speaker of the House gaveled me down and said, "Representative Harvey, I will allow you to continue your introduction, but not for the purposes of debating a measure now pending before the House."

At which point I said, "Mr. Speaker, I understand. I just wanted to put a face to what we are celebrating today."


Deafening silence.

I then walked back to my chair shaking like a leaf. The Democrats wouldn't look at me. They were fuming. It was beautiful. I have been in the Legislature for five tough years, and this made it all worthwhile.

The House majority leader wouldn't talk to me the rest of the day.

Was it because I introduced an abortion survivor, or was it because we touched her soul? She could congratulate an inspirational cerebral palsy victim and advocate, but was outraged when she discovered that the person she congratulated was also an abortion survivor.

The headline in The Denver Post the next day read "Abortion Jab Earns Rebuke." The majority leader is quoted as saying, "I think it was amazingly rude to use a human being as an example of his personal politics."

Yes, Representative Madden, Gianna Jessen is a human being. She was when she was in her mother's womb, and she was when she sang the national anthem on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives.

The paper went on to quote Gianna, stating she was glad I told her story.

"We need to discuss the humanity of it. I'm glad to be able to speak up for children in the womb," she said. "If abortion is about women's rights, where were my rights?"

All I can say is, "Glory to God!" He orchestrated it all, every minute of it, and I was so honored to have been chosen to play a part. May we all continue to be filled with and to fight for the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: If you'd like to contact Ted Harvey, you may e-mail him at

TOPICS: Government; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: abortion; abortionsurvivors; colorado; giannajessen; plannedparenthood; tedharvey
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Most of this has been posted before from an email. It is now available on the web. Great story though!
1 posted on 06/18/2006 9:08:39 PM PDT by skandalon
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To: skandalon

Here is the similar post

2 posted on 06/18/2006 9:10:19 PM PDT by skandalon (Freedom is often used to signify the absence of law and sex to signify the absence of restraint.)
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To: skandalon
It left the Democrats flummoxed. Its easy to defend abortion in the abstract. What's impossible is to justify its existence when there's a human being in front of you. The liberal reaction is quite revealing - for them, humanity begins and ends after birth. And not quite there because if you're completely comatose, you have no human rights either. Its time the public saw these people for who they really are. Even their compassion comes across as merely contrived since it doesn't recognize the necessity of extending humanity across the entire phase of human existence.

(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")

3 posted on 06/18/2006 9:18:32 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: skandalon

One day there will be war.
They have no reason to stop if you just talk.

4 posted on 06/18/2006 9:21:44 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: skandalon

So did the bill pass or is this just glurge (i.e., urban legand)?

5 posted on 06/18/2006 9:26:42 PM PDT by Solemar ("Frognostication": The science of predicting the exact date and time that France will surrender.)
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To: skandalon
The pathetic whine of the Majority Leader, "I think it was amazingly rude to use a human being as an example of his personal politics." is priceless.

There are times when it is best to "be silent and move on" and the Majority Leader should have recognized that moment when it occurred. Now, he is forever stamped as one of the 'less than bright'. Not to mention one of the 'less than sensitive".

And he did it to himself. Publicly, too.
6 posted on 06/18/2006 9:32:59 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principles, - -)
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To: skandalon


7 posted on 06/18/2006 9:39:51 PM PDT by MrCruncher
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To: goldstategop

Question: How do you survive an abortion. I mean if at first you don't succeed try again.

8 posted on 06/18/2006 9:40:47 PM PDT by Ainast
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To: skandalon
"We need to discuss the humanity of it. I'm glad to be able to speak up for children in the womb," she said. "If abortion is about women's rights, where were my rights?"

Beautifully stated.

And, from Representative TED you know..."the REST of the story."

9 posted on 06/18/2006 9:49:02 PM PDT by Christian4Bush (The Rat Party's goal is to END the conflict, not WIN the conflict...should be the other way around.)
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To: skandalon

Just read it all for the first time-Thank You for Posting it .Would love to talk to Gianna .We do a very little radio program and it would be nice to share her story.

10 posted on 06/18/2006 9:49:11 PM PDT by fatima (Kathy in Alaska is the best.)
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To: GladesGuru
"I think it was amazingly rude to use a human being as an example of his personal politics."

Truth is rude to those who despise it.

11 posted on 06/18/2006 9:49:20 PM PDT by AndyTheBear (Disastrous social experimentation is the opiate of elitist snobs.)
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To: Badray

Just to remind you what the Democratic Party -- including Bob Casey Jr. -- stands for and what conservatives should be fighting for.

12 posted on 06/18/2006 9:50:10 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Ainast
Question: How do you survive an abortion. I mean if at first you don't succeed try again.

I believe the procedure induces contractions to expell the fetus. You have to understand it's nature. At it's core, abortion is a very selfish act, not a political act or act of conscience. Success is to not be pregnant so in that way it "succeeded." Once the baby passes into the world alive, it would be murder in all 50 states to continue the procedure. No abortionist would risk his freedom (or livelihood) so they call 911.

13 posted on 06/18/2006 10:01:37 PM PDT by tbeatty (I didn't claw my way to the top of the food chain to eat salad.)
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To: Solemar
So did the bill pass or is this just glurge (i.e., urban legand)?

Here's the answer. No mention of whether or not it passed...not important, anyway.

14 posted on 06/18/2006 10:07:47 PM PDT by JRios1968 (There's 3 kinds of people in this world...those who know math and those who don't.)
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To: skandalon

Beautiful! I can only pray that God touched the souls of those democrats and made them reflect on what they are doing to the children of this country.

15 posted on 06/18/2006 10:14:09 PM PDT by Evie Munchkin (Democrats - lovers of death and taxes)
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To: skandalon

So what's the RATS big interest in the abort. crowd? 30 PIECES OF SILVER!??? Yep!!!

16 posted on 06/18/2006 10:19:58 PM PDT by Waco
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To: tbeatty

To democrats abortion means guarantee of a dead baby. It makes democrats mad when the humanity (read aliveness) of those they defending slaughtering is presented. Why? If they are so strongly defending this slaughter, why is the truth about the aliveness of these victims a bad thing? Well, to democrats, lying about this evil must not be exposed, because exposing this deceit by them will be like a row of dominoes falling, one lie following another and another and another, until the truth of how bankrupt their souls and their political agenda really ARE is laid bare and the American people reject them for the servants of the father of lies they truly are! Sadly, the Catholic Church and most ofd the protestant denominations cooperate in this deceit by continuing to lend to these deceivers/liars the image of faith while they contain none of it and continue to defend and even promote the bloody evil.

17 posted on 06/18/2006 10:23:18 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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er??? This is one of the places where Rome is positively stellar. If it's pro-"choice" it ain't the Pope's Catholic.

18 posted on 06/18/2006 10:26:53 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (``)
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To: Evie Munchkin

...."what they are doing to the children of this country."
And they have done it so well that now they are reduced to opening our borders to a flood of illegal immigrants to do the jobs no one will do....because most of that workforce was aborted!

19 posted on 06/18/2006 10:33:51 PM PDT by cowdog77
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To: skandalon

"I think it was amazingly rude to use a human being as an example of his personal politics."

And this young lady thinks it was amazingly rude of this country to permit a doctor to insert saline into the womb to burn her alive.

20 posted on 06/18/2006 10:45:58 PM PDT by RebekahT ("Our government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem." -- Ronald Reagan)
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