Gianna Jessen’s 17-year-old mother was seven and a half months pregnant when she decided to go to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country. There she was counseled to have a late-term saline abortion. The procedure involved injecting saline solution into the amniotic fluid sac, which Jessen would then gulp down, burning her inside and out. Within 24 hours, her mother was to deliver a dead baby.
“To everyone’s great shock and surprise I didn’t arrive dead but alive on April 6, 1977, in a Los Angeles County abortion clinic,” Jessen told an audience in Australia in 2008.
“The abortionist was not on duty yet, so he wasn’t given the opportunity to continue with his plan for my life—which was death.”
With medical complications and a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, doctors offered little hope for her survival.
“I should be blind, I should be burned, I should be dead,” Jessen said.
But God had other plans, and she not only survived but has thrived. Through her advocacy, writings and music, Jessen shares her story worldwide and serves as a champion for the unborn. Her life was the inspiration behind the 2011 major motion picture “October Baby.”
Jessen will be in Denver next month as keynote speaker at A Beacon of Hope Gala for Lighthouse and Women’s Services. The gala is set for 5:30 p.m. March 8 at Wings Over the Rockies at 7711 E. Academy Blvd.
“I didn’t survive so I could make everyone comfortable,” Jessen said. “I survived so I could stir things up a bit and I have a great time doing it.”