Abortion Survivors

God is the one to purpose a person's life. While He allows people to kill there are times when He refuses to let that happen.

This page is dedicated to those people who survived by the will of God..

Brandi Lozier
Claire Culwell
Laura Tedder
Gianna Jessen
Melissa Ohden


Claire Culwell
My name is Claire Culwell. I am 22 years old and Im from Austin, Texas. I am a nursing major in College Station, Texas. I became involved in the pro-life movement after meeting my biological mother who told me that my life is a miracle. I am a twin- abortion survivor. My birth mother walked into an abortion clinic at 13 years old where she had an abortion. My twin did not survive but I did.

I was adopted at birth by a loving,stable family. My life is a testimony that there are wonderful alternatives to abortion (such as adoption in my case) and an accident/unwanted child still deserves life.

I am currently involved in the pro-life movement by practicing prayer and presence at the abortion clinic, counseling at the Coaliton for Life in Bryan/College Station and by sharing my story of hope and survival to the world.If my life can touch just one person who has had an abortion or considering an abortion or adoption, then I am fulfilling my purpose in the pro-life movement.

I will not be silent because each mother and child are in the same place my biological mother, my twin and I were in 22 years ago and I am here to say THERE IS HOPE and there are options!

To read PART OF MY STORY written by my photographer and see her beautiful pictures she donated for my website go to: http://www.ellabellaphotos.com/blog/2010/04/a-miracle-austin-pro-life-photographer/

 

Laura Tedder
"Every child a wanted child," so the Planned Parenthood slogan goes.
Laura Tedder knows something about that. Laura survived several abortion attempts before her birth in 1948 and was placed for adoption. To say Laura's life has been difficult is an understatement. She was born with cancer, and complications from it have led to dozens of surgeries since. Despite all the hardships she has endured, Laura is a living argument against that slogan.

"I'm a walking miracle, she said. "I'm lucky to be alive. God put me here for a reason."
Laura's aunt and uncle brought her into their loving home two days after her birth. While Laura's birth mother was not able to raise her and the two do not share a close relationship, she was wanted and loved by her aunt and uncle.

While being adopted can have some negative consequences for a child, Laura has been forced to deal with a lot more. Laura was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a cancer of the eye when she was two years old. Doctors had to remove her right eye before the cancer spread. She has had many surgeries since to correct the trauma left from the cancer. The treatment included radiation, which in turn caused several more surgeries years later. At one point in 1998, Laura was given only two weeks to live because of a brain tumor. Despite her frequent visits to the operating room, Laura described her continuing trip through life as hilariously funny at times.

"When you are dealt a hand of bad cards, you have to keep persevering," she said.
Despite her bad cards, Laura kept persevering. She currently lives in Warren with her husband John, and they have one son and three grandchildren. Her mother is still alive and although she has not made peace with her, she has made peace with herself.
"I don't have any hatred for her, I'm too old for that," she said. "When you get older, you just see everything differently."

After another brain surgery in 2006, Laura decided to write an autobiography dealing with her struggles in life and is currently working to have it published. She said she doesn't know why she has had so many problems, but she hopes her life story will inspire others to believe they can overcome their own struggles.
"I wrote it for someone going through the same problems, to show them there is light at the end of the tunnel," she said.
Laura said any people in similar circumstances with a parent should let go of their resentment sooner so they can reconcile before it is too late. She hopes that any woman facing a crisis pregnancy like her mother would think again before following the advice of that slogan.
"Now matter how you get pregnant, it's a miracle baby," Laura said. "No matter what the circumstances, it's not the baby's fault. They were meant to live. Everyone needs a chance for life, you don't get many shots at it."

Laura the "walking miracle" certainly knows something about that.
Purchase Laura's book here.

 



Gianna Jessen
Gianna Jessen does not quit. Giving up is not an option to her. Gianna has what she refers to as the "gift" of Cerebral Palsy. She weighed a mere 2 lbs at birth and the doctors said she would never be able to hold up her head, sit up, crawl or walk. She began to walk by the age of three years old with the help of leg braces and a walker.Gianna doesn’t believe that her Cerebral Palsy takes away her life, but, rather, enriches it. . . she walks with a slight limp today and runs marathons. On April 30, 2005 she completed her first 26.2 mile marathon after running just over 7 hours and was presented with the coveted blank blank award! On April 23, 2006 she completed the London Marathon as well. She is now determined to run marathons all over the place, because she was never supposed to even walk!Gianna understands the plight of orphans, being one herself. She was placed into the foster care system early on in life, eventually being taken into the loving home of a woman named Penny. Penny has been a mother to 56 foster children in her life. Gianna was later adopted by Penny's daughter, making Penny Gianna's grandmother. According to Gianna, Penny saved her life.Gianna is a Christian. Her life was given to her by the grace of God. She shouldn't be walking, but more miraculous still; she should not even be alive. Gianna's biological mother was 17 when she had a saline abortion in her third trimester. Many Americans don’t realize it is legal to have an abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy. After being burned alive for approximately 18 hours in the womb from the saline solution, Gianna was delivered alive in a Los Angeles County abortion clinic. Her medical records state, "born during saline abortion"...this is what caused her Cerebral Palsy.Gianna's travels and experiences have led her all over the world. Her life has been covered by many major news media outlets, including, most recently, the BBC News and World Radio, Sky News, and The Good Morning Show in England, reaching many people with a message of hope and conviction. In November 2005, Gianna spoke in several colleges all over Ireland and in December of the same year, spoke at a meeting held at the House of Commons in London. She has returned to England this year to speak in several parochial and public high schools. Gianna’s audiences include: churches - church youth crusades and women’s ministry retreats; various corporations as a motivational speaker; secular and Christian youth organizations and schools – middle school age through college, as well as several times before Congress - most recently having her testimony read before the Supreme Court in Carhart v. Gonzales




Melissa Ohden
Melissa is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life and being born alive at approximately six months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence/sexual assault counseling, and child welfare.

Melissa was formerly a College Outreach Speaker with Feminists for Life, traveling to college campuses to share her story with others and advocate for esources and support for pregnant and parenting college students (her mother, herself, was a college student at the time of her pregnancy with her) and to advocate for the rights of the unborn.

Melissa is the Founder and Director of For Olivia’s Sake, an organization which seeks to peacefully raise awareness of the intergenerational impact of abortion on men, women, children, families, and communities. In Melissa’s own words, being an abortion attempt survivor encompasses so much more than just herself, or her fellow unborn brothers and sisters. Melissa has experienced firsthand the impact that her biological mother’s abortion has had on not only
her biological parents, but also their parents, their siblings and their children. Her biological mother’s abortion attempt has not only impacted Melissa, herself, and her adoptive family, but also her husband and his family, her friends and acquaintances, and now her own child, Olivia.

The birth of Olivia, her first child, in 2008, prompted Melissa to found For Olivia’s Sake. Painfully aware that Olivia’s beautiful life was almost over before it ever began, as Melissa was to be aborted, herself, and therefore, Olivia would not have come into existence, Melissa felt driven to create this organization that would positively raise awareness of the impact of abortion across generations.

Although she has ended her time as a College Outreach Speaker with Feminists for Life, Melissa continues to share her life’s story and the story of the Lord’s story and glory with individuals and groups as diverse as grade school children, Right to Life groups, college students, and church congregations. Fulfilling the purpose that she believes God set out for her when He saved her from the certain death of the abortion attempt, Melissa is truly a voice for the voiceless.

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