Abortion survivor Melissa Ohden watched Monday as U.S. Senators voted to deny infants like herself protection under the law.
Demonstrating their loyalty to the billion-dollar abortion industry, Senate Democrats blocked the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act on Monday. The bill requires abortionists to provide the same basic medical care to an infant born alive after a failed abortion that a doctor would to any other infant born at that stage of pregnancy.
“I think the Democrats who voted last night against this bill really showed us they’re willing to sacrifice lives like mine to keep abortion on demand,” Ohden told Fox & Friends on Tuesday morning.
Now 41, Ohden survived a late-term saline abortion and was adopted into a loving home. As a teenager, she said she felt absolutely devastated when she learned that her birth family tried to abort her.
She had similar feelings on Monday when she watched Senate Democrats vote against the bill on Monday evening.
“I was disappointed, I still am today, but I’m certainly not surprised,” she said. “The Democrats continue to say things like this is unnecessary, I’m living proof that this is necessary.”
Planned Parenthood, which lobbied against the bill, claimed situations like Ohden’s do not exist. It slammed the bill as based on “lies and misinformation.” In reality, the bill has nothing to do with women’s bodies or abortion. Once a baby is born, he or she is their own separate entity. The bill simply requires the same level of medical care for that infant as any other infant born at the same gestational age would receive.
Ohden said she is glad the bill brought the issue of infanticide back to the forefront for Americans. She thanked the Senators who voted to protect babies like herself.
“We need this bill, not only to ensure we are provided medical care, but that there is penalty when there is failure to do so,” Ohden said.
Her story is not unique. Claire Culwell also survived an abortion, though her twin did not. After the vote Monday, she reacted with disbelief.
“I have no words at this moment,” Culwell wrote on Facebook. “These Senators have voted to leave babies like ME to die after a failed abortion. No protection for a BORN baby who survived.”
No one knows exactly how many babies survive abortions, but government reports provide clues. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control recorded 1,298 cases of infant death in the U.S. due to “Other perinatal conditions,” which includes ICD-10 category P96.4, death subsequent to a failed “termination of pregnancy.”
In 2018, the Canadian Institute of Health Information recorded 766 late-term, live-birth abortions over a five-year period. In the state of Western Australia, at least 27 babies survived abortions between 1999 and 2016, according to its health minister. In 2016, Arizona news outlets also reported about a baby surviving an abortion in Phoenix.
The U.S. is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and women have admitted to aborting healthy, late-term babies during healthy pregnancies.