Abortion survivor’s story now a movie

“My name is Gianna Jessen. I was aborted, and I did not die”. Gianna Jessen’s remarkable story is now a movie called “October Baby”.

Talking about her life story, Gianna explains that her mother, who was seven months pregnant, undertook to have a late-term abortion. The process involved a saline solution being injected into the mother’s uterus, which burns the baby inside and out, so that the mother delivers a dead baby within 24 hours.

In Gianna Jessen’s case she said, “I remained in the solution for approximately 18 hours and was delivered alive April 6, 1977 at 6 a.m. in a California abortion clinic.”

Today Gianna Jessen is a 35-year old woman and she continues to travel the world sharing her powerful tale.

“There was not much hope for me at first. I weighed only 9 ounces.” But “a doctor once told me that I had a great desire to live and that I fought for my life. In the end, I was able to leave the hospital and be put up for adoption.” But Gianna is not in good health: “Due to a lack of oxygen supply during the abortion, I live with cerebral palsy.”

“They told my foster mother that I would have difficulties ever being able to crawl or walk.” But “through prayer and the hard work of my foster mother, and then so many other people, I eventually learned to sit, crawl, and stand”.

Gianna was then “legally adopted by my foster mother’s daughter, Diana De Paul. A few months later, I began to walk. … I can now walk without assistance.” It is not easy, but Gianna takes it “philosophically,” with irony: “Sometimes I fall, but after 19 years, I’ve learned to fall gracefully”.

She has told her story to the US Congress, the UK House of Commons, the Australian Parliament, and dozens of other venues. In 2006 she participated in and completed the London Marathon to help raise awareness of the problem of abortion.

Full story: Vatican Insider



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