Three abortion survivors told their stories on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning, and reacted to comments from Virginia’s governor supporting late-term abortion as well as pushes in a number of states to legalize abortion until birth.
Abortion survivors Melissa Ohden, the founder of the Abortion Survivors Network, along with Josiah Presley and Claire Culwell joined Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt to discuss their personal stories.
Ohden, an adopted child, knew she had been born prematurely but did not learn she was a survivor of abortion until she was 14 years old. “It was absolutely devastating,” Ohden said. Following the discovery, Ohden began looking for her birth mother when she was 19 and didn’t find her until Ohden was almost 30.
Her birth mother did not know that Ohden had survived the abortion.
“She [Ohden’s mother] was told that day, ‘It’s a monster, it’s hideous. Don’t look at it,’” Ohden said. “She didn’t know if it had been a little boy or a little girl delivered in that final step of the saline infusion abortion,” Ohden continued.
Presley was adopted from South Korea into a family of 12 kids and found out that he had survived an abortion at 13 years old.
“When I was 13, my adoptive parents, they sat me down and told me about how my birth mother had actually had a curettage abortion when she was two months pregnant with me,” Presley said. “And a curettage abortion is a type of abortion where the doctor goes into the mother’s womb and basically rips the baby apart and brings it out in pieces,” Presley continued.
“And that’s why we think I’m probably missing an arm today. So she had the procedure at two months and then at five months realized I was still alive, that the abortion had failed, and that point I was born later,” Presley said.
Culwell’s mother was 13 years old and five months pregnant when she attempted to abort Culwell in a dilation and evacuation abortion. After complications, Culwell’s mother went back to the abortion clinic who told her that the abortion was successful but that she was pregnant with twins and that the second child, Claire Culwell, was still alive.
“So she actually sought out a second late-term abortion in Kansas, but they, because of a risk of infection, they weren’t able to do that so I was born six weeks later,” Culwell said.
Monday’s interview comes after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam made comments in an interview in late January condoning late-term abortion and possibly infanticide.
If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.
A number of states—including Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Maine, New Mexico, and Maryland—are considering proposals to expand abortion access.
New York passed the Reproductive Health Act on Jan. 22, codifying a woman’s ability to abort under state law and allowing women to have abortions after 24 weeks in cases where “there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient’s life or health,” according to the legislation.
“What’s your message to those governors who’ve signed this legislation?” Earhardt asked the survivors.
“This is a human rights issue,” Ohden said. “And in a world that decries women’s rights, where were Claire’s rights, where were my rights, where are the rights of those little girls who are going to have their lives ended by abortion today?” Ohden said.
“Without the right to life, there is no other right,” Ohden added.
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