Melissa Ohden: Abortion Survivor and Adoption Advocate
Unheard of today, but commonly practiced in the 1970s, saline, or “instillation” abortions, were high-risk, late-term (between 16 and 24 weeks) pregnancy terminations that involve injecting poisonous saline solution into the amniotic sac. Labor was then induced, and the woman gave birth, hopefully, to a stillborn baby.
Melissa’s grandmother, who was a nurse, had pulled some strings and secretly arranged for her daughter to have a saline abortion procedure. That day, Melissa’s mother was given the saline injection, labor was induced, and Melissa was delivered. The baby was presumed dead, and disposed of. Later, two nurses overheard a baby crying from inside the waste container and retrieved her. They defied the abortionist’s orders, and instead rushed Melissa into emergency care.
“It was a very common procedure,” Ohden said. “By end of the 90s, only a small percentage of these abortions were being done because there were great complications for women; one bad move, and a woman’s life was in jeopardy. Also, there were an awful lot of us that survived saline abortions. I’ve met firsthand, doctors and nurses, who told me about the survivors that were left to die.”
One of the reasons Melissa may have lived through the abortion was that she’d been carried for 31 weeks. Melissa’s abortion records indicate that her mother thought she was less than 5 months pregnant at the time of the abortion attempt, but Melissa’s mother was actually 7 months pregnant.
People are often horrified by this fact. Melissa said she is sometimes asked before speaking at fundraisers not to mention this part of the story. “I agree. It is gross. It makes people uncomfortable, and it should,” Melissa Ohden said. “But we do need to talk about it.”
Adoption is the Option Everyone Can Live With
According to a survey conducted by the Dave Thomas Foundation in 2012 about our national attitudes toward adoption, the amount of Americans considering adopting has decreased from 28% to 24% since 2007. Overall, there has been a 9% decrease in domestic and international adoptions in America in the last five years.
Adoption continues to be an underdog in our society, and there are individuals like Melissa going to great lengths to champion the cause and overcome misconceptions.
“Although we’re seeing great strides being made,” Ohden said. “We live in a world where abortion is seen as the norm and adoption is seen as not normal. And nothing hurts worse than that.”
Should abortion be made illegal?
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