Meet Melissa Ohden. Ohden survived an abortion in 1977. She’s a person pro-choice activists want to ignore. Pro-choice activists say they care about human rights. But what about Ohden? Can you look her in the eye and say she shouldn’t exist?
Ohden and 13 other abortion survivors ask this piercing question in a new, powerful ad that debuted yesterday at the March for Life after Ohden’s keynote address. Featured in the ad are abortion survivors Dr. Imre Téglásy (1952, Hungary); Paula Page (02/24/54); Miriam “Penny” Hopper (11/29/55); Denisha Workizer (7/11/76); Melissa Ohden (8/29/77); Jennifer Millbourn (9/02/78); Jennifer Callender (7/18/80); Claire Culwell (3/06/88); Hope Hoffman (8/12/91); Josiah Presley (10/07/95); Asiimwe Ronald Williams (9/25/97, Uganda); Dona Marie Mendoza (Philippines); Jaylin Schoch (8/15/03); and Zechariah Hagan (10/20/13), who was one of the first abortion pill reversal survivors.
The ad is incredibly powerful, and highlights a sad reality of which few Americans are aware. I wish every American would watch this ad and share with their neighbors.
For the past 8 years, Ohden has been connecting and supporting other abortion survivors through her organization called The Abortion Survivors Network. Today, in conjunction with the release of the abortion survivor ad, a new organization is launching called Faces of Choice, bringing awareness to the abortion survivor issue.
“Abortion advocates need to look these survivors in the eye and come to terms with the fact that they are human, that their lives matter, and that choice is more than a word: it’s a person.”
I’m excited that Ohden will be joining me for an upcoming The Roys Report podcast. Stay tuned for more information on that. In the meantime, please share this ad widely, and also pray for its distribution. The team that produced it worked for months to have a shorter version of it play during the 2020 Super Bowl, but the network stonewalled. The team is currently in talks with other networks and outlets, so let’s pray God opens doors!