“My medical records state: ‘Born alive during saline abortion’” abortion survivor Gianna Jessen told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

“Instead of dying, after 18 hours of being burned in my mother’s womb, I was delivered alive in an abortion clinic in Los Angeles on April the 6th, 1977.”

Saline, or instillation, abortion is performed by the injection of a chemical solution directly into the amniotic sac after 16-weeks gestation. The solution burns the baby’s lungs and skin before labor is induced and delivery occurs.

The 38-year-old survivor’s powerful testimony was given during a hearing called by the House to address issues raised by the release of a series of videos by the Center for Medical Progress exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting body parts of aborted babies for sale and profit.

Jessen was spared the fate of most “born-alive” abortion survivors who become victims of homicide as they are suffocated, drowned or have their spinal column snapped by forceps. An attending nurse called an ambulance and Jessen was taken to the hospital where doctors did not expect her to live.

She survived, but the lack of oxygen to the brain during the prolonged period of time Jessen was subjected to the corrosive solution in the amniotic sac left her with a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. She was placed in foster care and later adopted.

Cerebral Palsy can result in a constellation of physical and cognitive disabilities including poor coordination, stiff muscles, difficulty swallowing and tremors. “I was never supposed to hold my head up or walk. I do, and cerebral palsy, ladies and gentlemen, is a tremendous gift to me,” said Jessen.

Jessen bravely posed brutally honest questions directly to Planned Parenthood. “If abortion is about women’s rights, then what were mine? Is my life less valuable due to my Cerebral Palsy?”

Planned Parenthood has attempted to deflect criticism of its practices since the undercover videos revealed executives bargaining with companies over the prices for baby body parts by arguing that defunding would result in a women’s health care crisis.

Those who advocate pulling the plug on Planned Parenthood’s $500 million dollars in annual federal funding point out that Obamacare already makes adequate care available.

Jessen concluded her testimony by affirming her strong Christian faith. “Let me say, I am alive because of the Power of Jesus Christ alone.”

Source: CNS News



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