Abortion Survivor Gianna Jessen: If Abortion is Merely About Women’s Rights Then What Were Mine?

Gianna Jessen, at 7 1/2 months gestation, was injected with saline solution inside her mother’s womb. A saline abortion poisons the baby and burns off the outer layer of her skin for over an hour until she dies. About 24 hours later the mother delivers a stillborn. Gianna, who was supposed to be born still, miraculously was born alive.

Normally when this happened, the abortionist would kill the baby or leave her to die. Luckily for Gianna, the abortionist hadn’t yet arrived at the clinic when she was born, so nurses sent her to the hospital. She suffered from cerebral palsy due to the lack of oxygen during the abortion. During her childhood she walked with a walker and leg braces, but today walks with only a small limp.

At the Queen’s Hall Parliament House in Victoria, Australia on the eve of the debate to decriminalize abortion in 2008, Gianna delivered a powerful speech.

“If abortion is merely about women’s rights ladies and gentlemen, then what were mine? There was not a radical feminist standing up and yelling about how my rights were being violated that day; in fact my life was being snuffed out in the name of women’s rights.”

“And ladies and gentlemen I would not have cerebral palsy had I not survived all of this so when I hear the appalling, disgusting argument that we should have abortions because the child just might be disabled – UHH! The horror that fills my heart. Ladies and gentlemen there are things you will only be able to learn by the weakest among us, and when you snuff them out, you are the one that loses… it has been an argument for so long in this human place that we live that the stronger should dominate the weaker, should determine who lives or dies.”

Watch the full speech below.

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