How Much Pain Did I Experience in the Abortion I Survived?

Opinion   Melissa Ohden   Nov 15, 2013   |   4:32PM    Washington, DC

I pinched my finger in a door the other day, and as I let out a yelp of pain in response, simultaneously, a thought suddenly flashed through my mind that I hadn’t let cross it in a long time: ‘I wonder how much pain I experienced during the abortion that I survived?’

This is a terribly unpleasant thought for me to consider, as you can imagine, and one that I have tried to keep at bay in my mind, nearly as much as the the equally real thought that I was meant to be killed through it.

Every day, as I experience the joys of my life in the everyday moments like tucking Olivia into bed at night or giving my husband a hug after a long day at work, the painful past still slips into my mind from time to time and gives me pause.  The actions of someone else, my grandmother who forced the abortion upon my birthmother thirty-six years ago, would have taken these moments away from me by taking my life.

Like anyone else who has been the victim of a terrible injustice, although this hurt brings me to my knees, it also brings me to my feet to fight for others so that they are not victimized like I was.

Which leads me back to my original thought, when I pinched my finger the other day.  No matter where you stand on the issue of pro-life legislation strategies, the reality is that each day, children are suffering the fate that was meant for me thirty-six years ago–they are being killed, and in the process, I have no doubt that they are experiencing horrific pain.

As many are aware, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the late-term abortion capital of the U.S.  This coming Tuesday, November 19th, voters there have the opportunity to vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act.

As the survivor of a late-term abortion at approximately 31 weeks gestation, I will continue to fight everyday of my life to give a face and voice to the millions of children in the US who suffer the fate that was meant for me, death through abortion.

As the battle over pain-capable acts and their impact on abortion continue on across our country, I would be remiss to not speak openly about the pain that I had to have felt as the toxic salt solution that was delivered into the amniotic fluid surrounding me, set to work in scalding me to death.  I would be remiss not to raise the collective consciousness of our country in regards to the pain that other children are feeling everyday as they are experiencing death.

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I did not deserve to be victimized as an infant in the womb, and neither does any child, whether they are 31 weeks or 31 days gestational age.  Voters in Albuquerque and across the US have or will hopefully soon have the opportunity to vote on legislation like the Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act, that would protect lives like mine.

As I outlined in last year’s SBA List ad regarding President Obama’s voting history when it comes to abortion, the question is, “How will you answer” when you know the truth about abortion? I know how I’ve answered.  The question is, “do you?” How will you answer this Tuesday or when a Pain-Capable Act vote comes to you?