March for Life: Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Mother Melissa Ohden shares her story
- Duration 3:53
- Date Jan 22, 2012
Mother Melissa Ohden shares her story
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Throw thousands are expected to descend on the National Mall for this year's march for life.
March for life is -- pro -- response to marking the Roe vs.
Operations for the big event are are already under way starting with a mini rally at the White House this afternoon.
Organizers say last year there were 400000.
Supporters they do expect similar attendance tomorrow.
I can't imagine what the world would -- like with how.
That's -- -- people to understand.
That is a clip from a documentary that tells the story right next gas and in her very unique perspective.
The documentary is called a voice for life and teachers Melissa owed his journey after her biological mother's attempt to abort her.
Now proud mother herself Melissa shares her story in hopes of saving unborn lives -- a chance to talk with her about her story.
Melissa thank you so much for joining us today you have a very unique story and that.
Your biological mother decided to abort you but you survived the procedure.
What kind of perspective -- platform has that given you on this issue.
But -- abortion -- certainly has changed my life and now it's given me the opportunity.
Hopefully to make an impact around the world.
I didn't find out I was an abortion survivor and tell I was fourteen.
-- -- growing up certainly I knew about abortion but I will tell you finding out that you are that choice.
You are that child who was aborted and survived really changes your entire perspective.
If you feel like it's giving you a voice in a different way means is sometimes this is a very difficult debate to have a very typical conversation to have.
Across America people are deeply divided on this issue.
Are you able to walk in -- some of those conversations in a different way because of your experience.
I think being an abortion survivor helps me to understand -- both sides of the issue.
You know I know that may not make sense to some people but.
Being abortion survivor not only can I understand from the child's perspective the impact that it has but.
Truly I walk in other people's -- -- on a regular basis.
You know -- contacted by women and men.
You know by family members who have -- impacted by an abortion.
I think what's important to -- as a survivor is that I'm not angry and I'm not bitter about what happened to me.
And I can let people know that I understands.
Their pain and I understand what they're up against in terms of obstacles in their life.
And I think that's not something that people expect.
From someone like me and so is this an opportunity for -- really bridged the divide.
And now once again marking the anniversary of the landmark decision Roe vs.
Wade what would be your message out there to both sides of this debate.
What's difficult for me as an abortion survivor is that for 39 years.
You know we've heard so much of the same rhetoric here the words like it's.
A choice it's my body.
All of those things and I'm living proof that it isn't just a choice that it is a child's life that we're talking about.
And I'm a mother myself.
I have a three and a half year old daughter and I look at her every day and I realize that that I would have died.
Like I was supposed to from that abortion she never would have lived.
And that's what I really what people on both sides of the fence so to speak to remember as we're looking at this anniversary.
But it is human lives that we're talking about and not just once -- -- life -- talking about.
So many lives and future generations from just one abortion.
-- wants and you share with us in very very unique perspective thank you so much for your time thanks for joining us.