Abortion Survivors Tell Their Stories Part 1 - Claire Culwell and Melissa Ohden
Those who advocate for abortion emphasize that women should be able to choose what happens to their bodies—but as abortion survivors, Melissa Ohden and Claire Culwell are standing up to be voices for babies who are unable to speak for themselves, at any time during a pregnancy, or after being born alive in a failed abortion procedure. While in the womb, Melissa soaked in the toxic saline infusion abortion for five days and still survived, and was nearly left to die, until a sympathetic nurse took her to the NICU. Claire’s mother was 13 years old when she got pregnant with twins. 5 months along, she was forced by a family member to have an abortion, but Claire survived. Claire’s mom was coerced to have a second abortion procedure, but was declined because of the medical risk, so Claire was born. Both of these women have now reconnected with their birth moms, who have experienced healing in those reunions. In fact, Melissa and Claire are close friends with their birth moms. They discuss the politics of abortion and how they are ignored by politicians, who view them as the “dreaded complication” of abortion. The discussion includes the importance of having compassion and forgiveness for post-abortive women, through God’s grace.