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Melissa Ohden is fourteen when she learns she is only alive because she was rescued after a botched abortion. In this intimate memoir she details for the first time her search for her parents, and her own journey from rage and shame to faith and empowerment.
After a decade-long search Melissa finally locates her father and writes to extend forgiveness, only to read that he has died suddenly—before he can answer her burning questions. Then her mother’s parents refuse to pass along Melissa’s letter. Years later, when she finally hears from the woman who carried her and gave her life, Melissa finds out why. But the shocking truth is more than she can bear.
Yet even the most startling family secrets are eclipsed by the triumphant moment when Melissa becomes a mother herself in the very hospital where she was aborted. And she reveals how—through the miscarriage of her only son, the birth of a second daughter with major medical issues, and her own mother’s story—she gained a deep empathy for every woman who has had an abortion.
Like none other, this intensely personal story of love and redemption cuts through the debates surrounding a divisive contemporary issue to touch our common humanity.
Melissa Ohden’s story is tragic only in the sense that she was intended to be aborted and that she had to struggle through the heartbreak of that intent. In every other way her story soars as a living testimony to the majesty and glory of the Almighty God. God’s plan so far has included her surviving a saline abortion without any physical effects, He had her taken to the NICU by a sympathetic nurse rather than cast aside as trash, He provided her with an incredibly loving Christian family to adopt her, and He helped her to achieve her dream of reunification with a portion of her birth family. Most importantly, He has helped her to use her story to help other abortion survivors, those finding themselves in a crisis pregnancy, and those men and women who are suffering through the guilt, shame, and loss due to their decision to have an abortion.
If you survived an abortion… you will be able to share in another’s unique experience and find a supportive network of other survivors here.
If you are considering an abortion… you will find love and supportive options other than abortion here.
If you have had an abortion… you will find love and understanding here.
Forgiveness is something that we all wish to receive when we hurt others and yet is often difficult to give to those who have hurt us. A personal relationship with God provides the greatest hope of extending forgiveness to others and a guarantee of forgiveness from Him.
Please pick up a copy of Melissa’s story and learn of how she entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ and learned how to extend forgiveness. Be inspired by her story. Share God’s work in her life with someone that you know affected by abortion.
Soli Deo gloria
I received a hardback review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review from FrontGate Media.
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 at approximately seven months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived. MelissaOhden photo13With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault counseling, and child welfare.
Read more about Melissa here.