Gianna Jessen is technically a survivor of a murder attempt. She survived a late term abortion.
Gianna’s mother became pregnant with her at the age of 17. At 7-1/2 months pregnant (30 weeks), her mother went to have an “instillation abortion”, aka “late-term abortion.”
The process is like this: The cervix is dilated for the “delivery.” Then, a chemical of either saline, urea or prostaglandin is injected into the amniotic sac to kill the baby by burning it. The baby is then delivered dead and a DNC gets rid of the remaining tissue.
Gianna, obviously didn’t die. She was delivered alive, premature and with severe injury. She suffers physical atrophy and cerebral palsy as a result.
Just a note, hons, I am pro-choice. But not for late-term abortions. Or even late-term partial birth abortions. Especially so after watching Gianna’s speech. She actually made me wonder about any abortions – but I am still pro-choice for early terminations. Especially for cases of rape, incest and extreme hardship. It chafes my hide when groups call themselves “pro-life” and then have no regard whatsoever for the life of the child after birth. Nor any regard for the life of the mother of the child after the birth. That is not pro-life. That is pro promulgation of the species with focus only on biology. If life has no quality to it outside of existence, I just don’t see any pros to that. Maybe that is the fundamental difference between modern-day Republicans and Democrats – Survival at all costs vs. Qualitative life for all. …And again, I digress.
This young lady made an amazing physical recovery. She was told she would never walk, and now walks – with a limp – but the girlfriend walks. She ran in a marathon in 2005. She is a singer who has written and recorded songs.
She is, as you can imagine, a pro-life advocate who has spoken to our Congress and the British House of Commons.
She is a compelling and inspiring speaker. She is very religious, far more so than I. But her story insists on being told and heard. I quite like her pluck.
If my parent(s) were determined that I would not exist, would I still be here? I doubt it. This also has made me wonder how many parents try to kill their children’s lives after they are born. It has certainly spawned a large population of psychologists and the attendant psychotropic drugs.
I applaud Gianna’s survival and more so her honoring of it with her energetic insistence on expressing all of herself. Her example is far more than surviving. I’m going to have to change “shut up and suck it up” to “shout out and explode yourself.”