The Abortion Survivors Network
Abortion was meant to render us voiceless. We are here to give voice to our experiences.
Our voices aim to educate the public about abortion, the prevalence of abortion survivors, and the reality of our lives in a society that so often understands our would-be deaths as simply a choice, our lives without right or protection.
Our voices aim to provide inspiration and hope to other abortion survivors who have felt they were alone in their survivor role, assist those who wish to come forward with their stories publicly, and provide support to one another, regardless of our involvement in public advocacy and ministry.
May our truths set one another and a society bound by abortion, free.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, over 1.2 million children lose their lives to abortion every year in the United States. Worldwide, approximately 42 million children are aborted.
Although it is seldom talked about or even considered, (due to the basic reality that abortion is meant to end a life), abortions do not always succeed in ending the life of a child. Termed a “failed abortion,” “live birth,” or even a “dreaded complication,” sometimes, yes sometimes, children survive failed abortions. Sadly, many of these children do not live for long after their survival due to complications suffered from the abortion attempt and their subsequent premature birth or from simply being left to perish.
The Abortion Survivor Network was created by saline infusion abortion survivor and international pro-life speaker and advocate Melissa Ohden, who recognized the need for both support for and among abortion survivors, and better information to be made available to the public about abortion survivors. Who better is there to educate the public about abortion survivors than survivors themselves? Who better is there to provide support to abortion survivors than survivors themselves?
The mission of the Abortion Survivor Network is two-fold:
-To put a face to the statistics of abortion survivors, informing and educating the public about the prevalence of survivors and providing a perspective to abortion that is seldom heard: that of the child.
-To give a voice to survivors in a society that often is unaware of their existence, or, if there is awareness of survivors, they are silenced due to the societal attitudes and beliefs about abortion, and to provide support to fellow survivors who may feel alone in their survival.