Back in 1977, Melissa Ohden was feticide at 8 months. Her mom has used the 5-day saline infusion feticide.
But in spite of all those obstacles she survived at a mere 2 pounds 14 ounces struggling from seizures, jaundice and many respiratory complications.
It was on the fateful day of August 29, 1977, that her helpless cries from the medical dustbin alerted a nurse who took it upon herself to get the 8-month-old baby connected to life-saving tubes and wires.
Then the baby was placed in the neonatal unit of the hospital.
No mom or family member was there to wish her well as she struggled to live — just days after she was brought into the world to die.
Just like the little boy who died as a result of the law forcing the family to remain in the UK — away from treatment in Italy.
Using toxic saline solution in the hopes of terminating Melissa Ogden was one brutal way to kill a child.
And it was only 36 years after such an evil act did Melisa’s mom find out that her daughter wasn’t dead.
Meanwhile the feticide child spent the first 20 years of her life searching for her origin only to find out that her grandmother and not her mom wanted the feticide.
Thank God someone at the hospital had a beating heart and tried her best to help her live.
And because of that act of love and kindness, a woman can live to tell her story.
Her grandmother who was a nurse wanted her dead, and even medical records show that. But mainstream media has been dancing around the issue suggesting that the baby wasn’t abandoned.
The good thing about this story is that the once feticide baby is all about forgiveness.
She isn’t about the drama and chaos that this story has triggered but she is consistently saying that she has found a way to forgive her mom and grandma.
“She was heavily sedated and didn’t know that I had been born alive. It would be 30 odd years before she learned the truth.
It’s been a long and painful journey from shame and anger to faith and forgiveness. But I refuse to be poisoned by bitterness – that’s no way to live.”
When she talks about her grandma being heavily sedated, she is, in fact, referring to the rampant consumption of anti-anxiety drugs in the 1950’s to the 1970’s.
She believes that those drugs numbed her to the reality of the actions she took.
This is a touching story. No one should be shamed or ashamed of having human sympathy for babies feticided.
And at the same time, people should have the choice to do whatever they want with their bodies.
The issue of feticide is a delicate matter and should be addressed as such from both sides of the divide.
In approaching this issue, one must be willing to put one’s stance to the test through exhaustive and thoughtful discussions.
Anybody with a conscience, in my opinion, sh feticideould be moved by such a story. If it makes you uncomfortable to hear a woman who is pro-life speak, consider this: nobody has to take away anyone’s right to do anything but to have compassion for those who have lost their lives to feticide.
A person can be pro-life without wanting to strip other people of their abilities to do things. This woman happens to be Christian, and she isn’t forcing her beliefs on anybody. It says something about the human conscience and forgiveness to hear her story.