What a difference a year makes. Last year, about this time, the Washington Post wrote a “fact check” article on the Susan B. Anthony List ad that I participated in entitled, “How Will You Answer?”
As some of you may remember, that ad brought to light President Obama’s voting record on infants born alive and the reality of my life as a survivor. As some of you may also remember, that fact check was more like a bias un-check, and although the writer questioned the credibility of my use of the word “discarded” in the ad when describing what it was like for me to survive an abortion and be left to die and was blatantly out to attack that ad and me, scores of people and political commentators from across the nation responded to the Post’s article pointing out the bias of the article and the negative treatment of such a painful experience that my family and I have lived through.
What a difference a year makes.
If Josh Hicks, the fact check writer from the Washington Post, was doing that article now, not only would I have all of the damning evidence about the abortion that I survived that was provided to him last year, including copies of my medical records that reflect the abortion that I survived and the statements by my adoptive parents about what they were told about everything that occurred, but I now also have additional information from a medical professional about the circumstances that surrounded my survival and information from my biological family, whom I’ve been blessed to have enter into my life this year, that further solidifies all that happened thirty-six years ago.
I can’t help but wonder, Mr. Hicks, if your article would be written any differently now, since I’ve recently been made aware by a medical professional that after I was born alive after the unsuccessful saline infusion abortion, not one, but TWO nurses defied the abortionist’s orders to leave me to die.
I can’t help but wonder, Mr. Hicks, if reading the Apgar scores from my medical records of 6 (fairly low) at one minute and 1 (needs medical intervention) at five minutes would help you to better understand how such changes in my Apgar scores clearly fit with a child being left to die after an abortion, before they were thankfully saved by nurses who rallied for care to be provided, and if your article would be written any differently today with that information.
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I can’t help but wonder, Mr. Hicks, if hearing from my half-sister, my cousin, or my biological mother, (all who I am so blessed to now have in my life), about all of the circumstances leading up to the forced abortion that I survived and the painful aftermath that has followed it for almost four decades now, would lead to your article being written any differently today.
A year certainly does make a difference, indeed. Although the information that I had last year at this time was powerful, and far more descriptive of the abortion I survived than most survivors, these new developments this past year–the contact with my biological family and the statements from the medical professional, have filled in more of the blanks of my life, and although the truth of what was done is far worse than even I could have imagined, I have found even more strength from knowing everything that I do.
Abraham Lincoln said that “truth is generally the best vindication against slander.” The truths that have been further revealed to me this past year are the best vindication that I ever could have received in response to the Washington Post’s and other commentators volatile remarks regarding my survival. I’ll take the truth provided to me by medical professionals, my biological family, and my medical records over a fact-checker’s “investigation” any day.