Woman Shares Story of Surviving an Abortion, Says Her Life Is a ‘Miracle over and over Again’
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and…More
- 2021 Dec 06
A woman who says she survived a saline abortion when she was in utero says her life is a “miracle over and over again.”
Melissa Ohden, 44, told Faithwire that her birth mother was forced to have an abortion, but Ohden survived.
“I am one of the babies who have lived to tell their story of a failed abortion,” she said. “The procedure that I survived … was a saline infusion abortion, and it involved injecting a toxic salt solution into the amniotic fluid surrounding me in the womb. They induced my birth mother, and I was accidentally born alive that day.”
Ohden has since spent the last 15 years promoting the pro-life movement. She is the founder of the Abortion Survivors Network, which helps survivors find healing.
“God intended for life, and it’s really that human, broken condition, I truly believe, that has led us to this place,” she said. “What an incredibly sad state of affairs we have faced. I have every hope … that (Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization) will be the undoing of Roe v. Wade.”
As Christian Headlines previously reported, last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case about the constitutionality of a 2018 Mississippi state law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Roe v. Wade guarantees a woman’s right to obtain an abortion, and pro-choice advocates say the Mississippi law violates Roe v. Wade. If the Supreme Court sides with pro-life supporters, the Mississippi state law will be upheld, and Roe v. Wade could be overturned.
Ohden was 14 when she found out that she survived a failed abortion. She wrote a book, You Carried Me: A Daughter’s Memoir, about searching for and finding her birth mother.
“You have a birthday … and I have a day that I now celebrate as my birthday, which happens to be the day that I was accidentally born alive,” she said. “What is the difference between you and me? Why is it that other people can have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but we have a whole population of people that are denied that right?”
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.