An Abortion Survivor Wants to Ask You a Question…

“Many children, more than you might think, actually survive failed abortions and are born alive. I know because I’m one of them.”

Those are the opening words of a powerful new pro-life ad from Susan B. Anthony List.

Melissa Ohden is an abortion survivor whose life was saved by a nurse who heard her crying. She’s now a mother with a daughter of her own.

I have often wondered how those who support abortion “rights” justify their views when faced with a living, breathing survivor of “choice.” The words “cognitive dissonance,” come to mind.

Yet this is what our President and his party support. In fact, as the ad reminds us, President Obama goes even further: “When he was in the Illinois state Senate, Barack Obama voted to deny basic constitutional protections for babies born alive from an abortion – not once, but four times.”

This is what they call “protecting women’s rights.” Could the president say that to Melissa Ohden with a straight face? Or is such an answer above his pay grade? I wonder.

Ohden concludes with a simple, but poignant question: “Is this the kind of leadership that will move us forward, that would discard the weakest among us? How will you answer?”

I hope in the coming months someone will get a chance to ask the President.

Here’s the whole video:

Stephen P. White is a fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC and coordinator of the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society. The views expressed here are his own.

  • Antonio A. Badilla

    Molly, my statement and yours shows how divided we are on this issue, but only one statement can be right and accurate.
    Abortion is not just a moral issue but a political issue because there were laws against it “before” January 1973 and when the Supreme Court legalized what you called a “procedure” and I call “murder,” abortion was reinforced as a political issue.
    Molly, you stated, “I know Catholics like to argue that it is killing (and it is–I don’t deny that),” but then you went on to justify the “killing” you acknowledged. I don’t get the “consistency” of your argument. BTW, if I’m driving down the street and suddenly someone gets in front of me and I, unfortunately “kill” him or her, that’s killing. The premeditated killing of an innocent human being in the womb of the mother is more than killing, it’s “murder.”
    Before 1973 it was up to each state to criminalized or not an abortion, and if I’m going to be “consistent” with my argument, I would criminalize it but not necessarily for a woman seeking an abortion, but for a doctor who has promised to protect life yet is willing to butcher an innocent human being. If it were a simple medical procedure, it would make no sense to criminalize it. You might say. “but you are imposing your views on others,” and I ask, “Didn’t the Supreme Court do the same, but in the opposite direction?
    You stated, “you didn’t want to see someone you loved suffer.” What do you think happens to a baby when he is aborted in the womb? You don’t think he or she suffers an agonizing death at the hands of a doctor who should be bringing new life into the world rather than destroying it?
    As far as contraceptives go, who is criminalizing contraceptives? Who is stepping into public clinics and pharmacies where contraceptives are available and saying they are forbidden? Certainly a practicing Catholic views contraceptives as wrong because they prevent life, but no one has ever suggested women who differ can’t have access to them.
    Finally, I would have to say that husbands and fathers have something to say about their children also, not just women. Where do you get the idea that men have nothing to say on these matters?



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