The Malta Independent 22 September 2021, Wednesday

Watch: If abortion is about women’s rights, then what were mine? – saline-infusion abortion survivor

Sunday, 13 September 2015, 10:00 Last update: about 7 years ago

A woman who survived her mother’s late-term saline-infusion abortion attempt in the 1970s testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee in the USA, asking: “If abortion is about women’s rights, then what were mine?”

Earlier this week, survivors of abortion were testifying in front of the committee in the USA, who are investigating secretly recorded videos showing Planned Parenthood officials cavalierly speaking about recovering foetal tissue from abortions for use in medical research.

Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organisation which provides reproductive health and maternal and child health services, as well as abortions. It receives $500 million dollars of taxpayer money a year.

Gianna Jessen survived a saline abortion after her mother attempted to terminate the pregnancy, but was left with cerebral palsy due to the lack of oxygen during the procedure.

“This method of abortion burns the baby inside and out, blinding and suffocating the child, who is then born dead, usually within 24 hours. Instead of dying, after 18 hours of being burned in my mother’s womb, I was delivered alive in an abortion clinic in Los Angeles on 6 April 1977. My medical records state: “Born alive during saline abortion at 6 am.”

“Thankfully, the abortionist was not at work yet. Had he been there, he would have ended my life with strangulation, suffocation, or leaving me there to die. Instead, a nurse called an ambulance, and I was rushed to a hospital. Doctors did not expect me to live.”

“I did. I was later diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, which was caused by a lack of oxygen to my brain while surviving the abortion. I was never supposed to hold my head up or walk. I do. And Cerebral Palsy is a great gift to me.”

In her testimony, she said she forgave her biological mother and that she was placed in foster care and later adopted.

“You (Planned Parenthood) continuously use the argument, ‘If the baby is disabled, we need to terminate the pregnancy,’ as if you can determine the quality of someone’s life. Is my life less valuable due to my Cerebral Palsy? You have failed, in your arrogance and greed, to see one thing: it is often from the weakest among us that we learn wisdom - something sorely lacking in our nation today. And it is both our folly and our shame that blinds us to the beauty of adversity.”

She went on to say that Planned Parenthood is not ashamed of what they have done. “I wonder how many lives have been lost in our silence, while we make sure we are lauded among men and do not offend anyone? How many children have died, and been dismembered, and their parts sold, for our ego, our convenience, and our promiscuity? How many Lamborghini’s were purchased with the blood of innocent children - the blood that cries to the Lord from the ground, like that of the blood of Abel. Not one of them is forgotten by Him.”

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