Whether good intentioned or not, the truth is that words matter. As good natured ribbing as some of these statements may be, these words carry weight. Certainly, as a speaker and writer, I understand this full well and proceed accordingly as I craft my words, but, in my opinion, it’s the day to day conversations we have with people in which words have the greatest impact. Whether we are aware of it or not, the truth is that everyone we meet is facing something, and pregnancy and abortion are often one of those ‘somethings.’
Every pregnancy is different. At close to three months pregnant currently, I’ve been reflecting upon this quite often. Whereas my first pregnancy with Olivia was uncomplicated, my second pregnancy with our son, Gabriel, resulted in a miscarriage late in the first trimester. While my pregnancy with Gabriel resulted in a miscarriage, this third pregnancy has been void of complications thus far.
Yes, every pregnancy is different. While my pregnancy with Olivia left me reflecting on the miracle of life that I was experiencing and the pain that it caused me to realize that my own biological mother had experienced these same changes and developments and was still led to abort me, my experiences in the last five years of Olivia’s life now leave me to be reflecting upon something very different during this pregnancy—not how my birthmother could still abort me after experiencing all that she did during her pregnancy, but how terrible it must have been for her to experience all that she did in her pregnancy and then be forced against her will to abort me.
Many of you who follow my ministry have heard me mention this some in the past six months, and for those who are new to my story and life’s work, or for those
How do we draw the line in the sand to protect and respect women at one point in their lives when we fail to protect and respect women at their most vulnerable point: developing in the womb?
No, the “why” of my mother’s abortion may not matter, but with the very existence of sex-selective abortions, with the failure of members of the House to vote in favor of PRENDA, the greater question when it comes to abortion has now become “why not?”
“Every pregnancy is different,” people kept reminding me. “It must be a boy, who has the disposition of his father, all laid-back and calm, not fiery like his mother,” Ryan and I joked. Call it a mother’s intuition, but I knew there was something incredibly different about my second pregnancy than my first. Little did […]
This is a continuation from part one, Abortion Survivor Reflects on the Pain of Her Miscarriage. “Was this pregnancy planned?” the doctor asked Ryan and I, as we sat in her office the morning after our ultrasound, for what was to be our first scheduled prenatal appointment, but which had also turned out to be […]
LifeNews.com Note: This is the third and final part of a series on miscarriage from abortion survivor and national speaker Melissa Ohden, who shares her own story about recently overcoming the pain and grief of a miscarriage through a strong belief in God. Read parts one and two. Just three days after finding out through […]
…As mothers, we instinctively concern ourselves with our children’s safety and well-being, whether they are playing in the yard or growing in our womb. I will stay on guard for both of my children all of my life, regardless of their location.
I believe, in my heart, Mr. President, that considering your own childhood, you understand how every human life matters and has value, regardless of how they were conceived. Despite the stance that you have taken time and time again that fails to acknowledge the importance of lives like mine, I wish you a blessed birthday. I will continue to pray that your heart and mind be transformed, and that someday soon ALL children, regardless of circumstance or situation, will be valued and given the same opportunity as you to celebrate their birthday.
What was once just a mere thought is now a reality! The documentary, A Voice for Life, will be premiering in just a few short weeks at the Heartbeat International Conference in Columbus, Ohio, on May 19th. A Voice for Life is a pro-life film that is the result of God bringing three people together […]