Abortion survivor Gianna Jessen credits God with saving her life, not just once but twice as an infant.
The first time was while she was inside her mother’s womb and the abortionist tried to kill her. The second time occurred when she was born prematurely and did not require any resuscitation, according to the Daily Citizen.
“It doesn’t make any sense … but that is how powerful my God is,” she said.
Jessen shared her miraculous story last week at the national Colson Center conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. A pro-life speaker and author, she has spoken across the world about the value of unborn babies’ lives and the evil of abortion.
Jessen told The Colson Center that her biological parents were 17 when she was conceived. When her mother was 29 weeks pregnant, she went to an abortion facility for a late-term, saline infusion abortion, according to the report.
“It’s a salt solution that is injected into the mother’s womb; the baby then gulps that solution. It burns, blinds and suffocates the child,” she said.
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Saline infusion abortions are not common now in the abortion industry because too many unborn babies like Jessen have survived. Typically used with late-term unborn babies, the deadly procedure involves injecting a toxic salt solution into the amniotic fluid to poison and scald the unborn baby to death over the course of several days. Then, labor is induced and the dead baby is born.
The toxic solution injured Jessen, causing cerebral palsy, but it did not kill her, she said.
“I would not be disabled [except for the abortion attempt],” she told the crowd. “You can imagine how I feel when I hear the argument, ‘If the baby is disabled, we need to terminate it.’”
Miraculously, she survived the abortion. Then, Jessen said God saved her life again when she was born alive on April 6, 1977 and did not require resuscitation. If she had needed the extra care, she could have been killed or left to die.
“Apart from Jesus himself, the only reason I am alive is the fact that the abortionist had not yet arrived at work that morning. Had he been there, he would have ended my life by strangulation, suffocation or simply leaving me there to die. Instead, I lived and have the gift of cerebral palsy as a direct result of lack of oxygen to my brain while surviving an abortion,” she told Congress in 2016.
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Throughout her talk, she relied and physically leaned upon John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center and Detroit-area Pastor Chris Brooks, who were standing on either side of her due to balance issued caused by the disorder.
Addressing why she didn’t just sit down, Gianna, paraphrasing Ephesians 6:13, said she has “done everything to stand.” Noting that she believes Satan has tried to take her out via abortion, Gianna said that every second she spends standing is a rebuke of the Evil One by the grace of God.
“The only way he can win is if I quit,” Gianna said.
Jessen is one of many known abortion survivors who are leading voices in the pro-life movement. Others include Melissa Ohden, Claire Culwell, Josiah Presley, Jennifer Milbourn and Pastor Jack Hibbs. The Abortion Survivors Network has connected with approximately 650 abortion survivors to-date.
Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of babies survive abortions every year in the United States, but no one knows exactly how many. Most states do not keep track of babies who survive abortions.
LifeNews recently examined abortion data from seven states that do, and, between 2020 and 2022, 34 babies were reported born alive in botched abortions.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as the personal testimonies of nurses and abortion survivors themselves, also provide evidence that babies survive abortions. According to the CDC, at least 143 babies were born alive after botched abortions between 2003 and 2014 in the U.S., though there likely are many more.