Abortion kills a living child.
But this simple fact is often too easy to ignore since the victims of abortion – even when they survive – rarely ever speak about it.
But one victim who did survive an abortion and who is set to address the Canadian March for Life Youth Conference this May 14 (2010) in Ottawa recently shared her thoughts about the issue…
"It is the very problem of abortion, itself, which is typically shrouded in secrecy and ends the life of the very person who could share the truth with the world, that makes statistically examining abortion so difficult," Melissa Ohden told LSN.
Ohden’s biological mother had an early induction abortion in 1977. However, Melissa was later born alive – a not uncommon occurrence in this type of abortion – and showed too many signs of life to go unnoticed by nurses attending the abortion.
According to a 2007 UK study on abortions due to diagnosed disability, babies continue to struggle for life after being forced from the womb in 1 of 30 cases.
The study said the children, sometimes gasping for breath and crying weakly, survive for an average of 80 minutes – with some clinging to life for as long as six hours. Most of the children were aborted between 20 and 24 weeks' gestation.
"The sheer number of survivors really is overwhelming," Ohden told LSN.
During her travels speaking on the subject, Ohden said she continues "to learn of more and more children like me" who have survived an attempt on their life in the womb.
"Unfortunately, they have faced their own fair share of struggles with shame and embarrassment, limitations from disabilities, that have silenced them from sharing their stories with the world – just as I was silenced by my own shame, guilt, and embarrassment for so long," she noted.
[Full Article Here: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/mar/10030211.html ; OTTAWA, February 26, 2010, LifeSiteNews.com]