Abortion survivor Gianna Jessen is bringing her powerful story of hope to the tiny island nation of Malta this week.
Jessen was born alive on April 6, 1977, in an abortion clinic in Los Angeles after surviving a horrific, late-term saline abortion. Though she deals with multiple health problems, including cerebral palsy, because of the abortion, Jessen said she has forgiven her mother and is thankful for her life.
She told the Malta Independent that she wants her story to bring hope, not shame, to the people who hear it.
“I come here to promote life from the moment conception,” Jessen told the news outlet. “In our modern world it seems we have forgotten our values.”
Jessen, 39, will share her experiences during several pro-life events in Malta that will promote an Embryo Protection Act and oppose human embryo freezing, according to the article.
Malta is a pro-life country, but abortion advocates have been trying to change that recently. In July, the group Pro-Choice Malta called Malta’s pro-life laws “outdated” and tried to push lawmakers to legalize abortion, LifeNews previously reported. However, pro-life organizations in Malta are fighting back by bringing in speakers like Jessen to prove the value of unborn children.
Jesson has become an international speaker and advocate for the unborn. Earlier this year, she also told her story to a U.S. Congressional committee investigating whether Planned Parenthood sells aborted babies’ body parts.
She described what happens to babies like her who are aborted using the saline method: “The method burns the baby inside and out, blinding and suffocating the child, who is then born dead, usually within 24 hours.”
“My medical records state: ‘Born alive during saline abortion at 6 a.m.’” Jessen told the committee. “Thankfully, the abortionist was not at work yet. Had he been there, he would have ended my life with strangulation, suffocation, or leaving me there to die. Instead, a nurse called an ambulance, and I was rushed to a hospital. Doctors did not expect me to live.”
Jessen did survive. Because of the lack of oxygen in the womb, she now has cerebral palsy, but she is thankful for her life and her good health.
“I was never supposed to hold my head up or walk. I do,” she told the committee.
Jessen said she was adopted after spending the first four years of her life in foster care. She said she has forgiven her biological mother for trying to abort her.
But she came down hard on abortion supporters who fail to recognize the value of unborn babies such as herself.
“You (Planned Parenthood) continuously use the argument, ‘If the baby is disabled, we need to terminate the pregnancy,’ as if you can determine the quality of someone’s life. Is my life less valuable due to my Cerebral Palsy? You have failed, in your arrogance and greed, to see one thing: it is often from the weakest among us that we learn wisdom – something sorely lacking in our nation today. And it is both our folly and our shame that blinds us to the beauty of adversity.”