Media Outlets Disclaimer Abortion Survivor Gianna Jessen’s Story in Obama Ads

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 16, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Media Outlets Disclaimer Abortion Survivor Gianna Jessen’s Story in Obama Ads

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 16
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Gianna Jessen survived a botched saline abortion decades ago and now appears in a television commercial attacking Barack Obama for opposing a bill to protect newborns in similar situations. However, the mainstream media reporting on the ad has questioned Jessen’s bona fides.

ABC News’s Jake Tapper reported on the new ads and wrote that Jessen "says she survived an failed abortion" making it appear Jessen is making up the story. He said Jessen "claims" to have survived the abortion her 17-year-old mother had.

Politico’s Jonathan Martin called into question the veracity of Jessen’s story as well, by calling her a "self-proclaimed abortion-survivor."

Jill Stanek, the former Chicago-area nurse who exposed the practice of her hospital leaving infants who survive abortions to die without medical care, comments on the reporting on her blog.

"I suppose speculation is warranted," she said. "So in answer to that, here are documents proving Gianna is indeed an abortion survivor."

The first is Gianna’s birth medical record (see below), indicating she was "Born during Saline abortion"…

Next is Gianna’s birth certificate, listing infamous abortion practitioner "Edward C. Allred, M.D.," as the physician who delivered her after the abortion went awry.

"Finally there is an article written in April 1978, when Gianna was 10 months old," Stanek adds.

"She was entered as an exhibit of sorts under an alias in the murder trial of abortionist William Waddill, who stood accused of strangling another saline abortion survivor," Stanek explained.

"In reading the article, recall Jessen has the ‘gift of cerebral palsy,’ as she likes to say.

The information appears to be another case of the pro-life movement doing the mainstream media’s research for them.

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