Skip to comments.She is What Abortion Looks Like, When It Doesn’t Work
Posted on 07/03/2014 5:50:58 AM PDT by wagglebee
Nearly thirty-seven years ago, Melissa Ohden survived a saline infusion abortion. Now she is the founder of The Abortion Survivors Network, an organization that exists to educate the public on abortion survivors and to offer support to those who’ve survived failed abortions.
Last week, Ohden shared her testimony at the National Right to Life convention in Louisville, Kentucky. She began by explaining the abortion procedure that was intended to take her life.
During a saline infusion abortion, the abortionist inserts a needle through the mothers abdomen and withdraws amniotic fluid. Then the fluid is replaced with a salt solution, which typically causes the unborn child to die within three days. Ohden said that children who die from saline abortions are sometimes referred to as “red-skins” or “candy apple babies” because the salt solution turns their skin bright red and peels it away as it moves into the internal organs.
For some unknown reason, Ohden soaked in the poisonous solution two days longer than usual, but was born alive on the fifth day. She weighed almost three pounds. Like many others, a family member coerced her biological mother into having the abortion. While intense pressure to abort often comes from husbands and partners, Ohden’s maternal grandmother was the family member demanding the abortion.
Since her grandmother was a prominent nurse and knew a local abortionist, she was able to bypass hospital procedures to facilitate a “secret abortion”. Ohden said, “My mother wasn’t just coerced, she was forced to have an abortion that was meant to end my life and changed her forever.” While the pro-abortion movement always talks about abortion as a “choice” and as a “right”, many don’t realize that 64% of women are victims of coerced abortion.
When Ohden was born alive, someone at the hospital insisted that she should be left to die. Originally, she thought the abortionist was the one who gave the order. However, this past year Ohden learned that it was actually her grandmother who demanded her death. Thankfully, despite her grandmother’s persistence, two nurses provided medical care that ultimately saved her life.
She continued by explaining how her mother’s forced abortion ruined relationships in her family. After the abortion, her mother and father split up and her mother severed contact with her grandparents. When Ohden finally found her mother and father, she wrote them each a letter extending forgiveness and love. She also said that if they ever wanted to reach out to her, she would be waiting.
Sadly in 2008, Ohden’s father passed away. He never did respond to her letter, but eventually she was able to connect with some members of her father’s family. She also established a relationship with her biological mother. To this day, her mother is still healing from the pain of her forced abortion.
Ohden said, “Her greatest regret as a woman in her fifties is that she never ran away from her own family. I always have to point that out to those who are pro-abortion. Where is the empowerment in that for a women, for that to be her greatest regret?”
Video: See The Beauty - Melissa Ohden - Abortion Survivor
Because it has NEVER been about "choice," it is about killing babies and nothing else.
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Great story & finally a voice from the unborn.
grandma must have been an angry mental case.
Everything about abortion is nasty, evil and wrong.
I know of a case like this, where the parents of the boy insisted on and arranged for the abortion. It was devastating.
Civility from the pro-abortion people isn’t one of their strong character traits, either. They are downright hostile when confronted with the fruits of their labors, and the negative effects of their personal beliefs.
While the methods of abortion have improved, the motivation driving its execution has remained as odious and brutal as ever.
“intense pressure to abort often comes from husbands and partners”
and there you have it, the War on Women...
It seems to me that some of her pain must have dissipated when she learned that her child was still alive.
“National Right to Life”
It’s too bad they’re now a vote fraud group pretending to be a pro life group.
it says her mother severed contact with her grandparents... but the final paragraph says her greatest regret is that she didn't run away from her family... and i guess Melissa was raised by another family? adopted? i do not follow...
She continued by explaining how her mothers forced abortion ruined relationships in her family. After the abortion, her mother and father split up and her mother severed contact with her grandparents. When Ohden finally found her mother and father, she wrote them each a letter extending forgiveness and love. She also said that if they ever wanted to reach out to her, she would be waiting.
Sadly in 2008, Ohdens father passed away. He never did respond to her letter, but eventually she was able to connect with some members of her fathers family. She also established a relationship with her biological mother. To this day, her mother is still healing from the pain of her forced abortion.
Ohden said, Her greatest regret as a woman in her fifties is that she never ran away from her own family. I always have to point that out to those who are pro-abortion. Where is the empowerment in that for a women, for that to be her greatest regret?
Don’t forget Daddy:
“I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”
I suppose he could have added “...like I was and my mother was, not so much...”
At that time, pro infanticide was nearing its peak. The grandma probably didn’t want to have children, and wanted to spare her daughter from that.
We adopted 3 infants, I thank God that they were not aborted before we got the chance to get them.
Only 10% of the women who get abortions actually choose them of their own free will. This is from an Alan Guttmacher study done in the 1980s.
Added to this information - 64% are coerced and 26% are easily talked into to it.
It is pretty easy to talk a misinformed, homonally-charged woman into giving up her baby.
Planned Parenthood has got a good money-raking racket going don't they?
God bless this woman and her mission. With God’s help she has a place in the kingdom for sharing her story and her message.
When I think of my two sainted grandmoms, always the loving refuge and source of delight, affirmation, treats and open affection, my heart weeps for the presumably teenage mother. Sounds like she turned to puppy love and sexual experimentation as an escape from a harsh family, as neglected or abused teen girls often do. She was subjected to the grandmother’s coercion and horror that was like a muslim honor killing.
I’m confused too. Who raised her?
Grandma knew she had neglected her job to properly instruct her charges. For her it was easier to get rid of the evidence.
The baby becomes the reflection of her conscience.
Thank you! The mother regrets not running away from the grandmother who instigated the abortion.
Her mother was an unmarried 19 yr old college student. She carried her daughter for 8 months before the failed abortion took place.
After she was born alive, her mother decided to let her be adopted. So she was, by a very loving family.
There is a video at the bottom of the link which explained this part of her story.
I think what the birth mother regrets is that she didn’t run away from her abusive family earlier. The relationship was always strained, and never became a loving one, so ties were severed later on. She regretted not leaving her family earlier than she did.
I suppose that the many generations of your family never had a baby conceived out of wedlock, and if you did, you made sure that they knew it. And if the woman was single when she delivered the baby, the family referred to it as, “That Bastard”.
I think what she meant was that her mother didn’t run away from her family to prevent the forced abortion.
Comparing abortion with choice is like comparing trafficking of sex slaves with “working in the sex industry.”
I would consider my choice of words more carefully as your assertion is highly debatable.
Now that’s beyond funny-a muzlo-commie talking about “values and morals”!
More like repugnant and chilling at the same time...