Abortion survivor Melissa Ohden gave a powerful response this week to an Irish lawmaker who claimed stories like hers are just “fairy tales.”
Ireland’s parliament approved a radical pro-abortion bill last week that would legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks and up to six months in a wide variety of circumstances.
It also rejected a number of amendments that would have at least moderated the radical pro-abortion bill, including parental consent for girls under 16 and basic medical care for infants born alive after botched abortions.
Prior to the vote, pro-abortion TD Kate O’Connell claimed protections for infants born alive from botched abortions are not necessary.
She called people like Ohden “alleged survivors of botched abortions” and dismissed their stories as “anecdotes, fairy tales, and, I mean essentially, stories that, you know, have dubious sources….”
Ohden, who survived a late-term botched abortion and now speaks publicly across the world about her life, said O’Connell’s remarks are nothing she has not heard before.
“This is the kind of treatment [abortion] survivors often receive,” she said in a video response published at the Pro Life Campaign Ireland.
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Ohden said abortion activists have dismissed stories like hers for decades in an attempt to silence and shame them.
“I would ask Deputy Kate O’Connell to apologize, not only to me but to all the abortion survivors out there,” Ohden said. “You know, this is a common tactic when it comes to the pro-abortion industry, legislators, the media, you know, to somehow say we’re alleged or fake, and it’s an attempt to push an abortion agenda and to silence and shame survivors from ever coming forward.”
The Abortion Survivors Network, of which Ohden is a part, has connected with at least 260 people who survived abortions. It refers to government reports from Canada, the U.S., the United Kingdom and Australia with evidence that hundreds of children have survived botched abortions.
“Stories like this are not dubious, they’re not fairy tales,” Ohden said. “We certainly know abortion is never a fairy-tale ending. Particularly for a child, it’s a nightmare.”
Ohden survived a late-term saline abortion and was adopted three months later into a loving home. She learned the circumstances surrounding her birth as a teenager, and later struggled with the idea that her mother did not want her and tried to have her killed before she was born. As an adult, she began trying to contact her birth family and learned that her mother had been forced into the abortion and had not been told that Melissa survived. A few years ago, she and her birth mother finally met.