DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - An abortion survivor is demanding clarity of the Democrat presidential candidates for where they stand on people like her.
Melissa Ohden was born Aug. 27, 1977. Her birth was unusual — Melissa was aborted, but she survived the deadly saline solution meant to kill her at her most vulnerable stage in life. However, unlike many other children who survive abortion, Melissa was not left on the table to die.
When she was 14, Ohden found out she had survived a botched abortion. Fighting despair, she sought the whole truth about her birth, as chronicled in her book, You Carried Me: A Daughter's Memoir.
During her journey, she went from anger and shame to faith and empowerment, knowing God can redeem all relationships and heal even those whose mothers attempted to kill them.
Today Melissa is a Christian speaking out against abortion and meeting hundreds of abortion survivors like herself. When she hears debates about late-term abortion and those who are born alive, it hits home. Hearing that survivors like herself are left on the table to die breaks her heart. Yet in their growing zeal for abortion rights, more Democrats have held fast that these lives deserve no protection.
This is why she is now demanding that pro-death Democrat presidential contenders answer the tough political questions. While they all agree in upholding our Culture of Death by advocating contraception and legal abortion, their radical views have not been exposed plainly to the public, particularly during the televised debates. The last debate, for example, didn't even mention abortion, not even in its common euphemisms such as "reproductive health care" or a "woman's right to choose."
The last time prenatal homicide was mentioned in relation to the presidential candidates was in a town hall meeting on Jan. 26 when a woman from Democrats for Life of America challenged Pete Buttigieg, and he had to defend his response the next week to Megan McCain on The View. Since then there have been two nationally televised debates, and the candidates have not been challenged on their stand on life.
Although politicians ignore it, abortion survivors are plentiful. Ohden believes this denial and the ambiguous political rhetoric about the topic must be challenged, and candidates' support for abortion on demand throughout pregnancy and beyond must be publicly addressed. Representing abortion survivors as a living late-term abortion survivor herself, Ohden believes she and all Americans have a right to know exactly where they stand.
Ohden, whose "Faces of Choice" video was banned from the Superbowl, recorded a new video encouraging everyone who cares about the plight of the preborn to sign a petition demanding that the candidates address their party's support for late-term abortion and infanticide.
Ohden says in the new video that "whether you're an abortion survivor like me or the hundreds that I've connected with through my ministry work, or whether you're a citizen from somewhere around the world, I think all of us have questions when it comes to the current Democratic candidates for the presidential nomination. ... Are these candidates as radical as the party platform is when it comes to abortion?" The petition demands the moderators of the remaining debates ask the candidates where they stand on botched-abortion babies born alive.
Self-proclaimed Catholic and former front-runner Joe Biden is just as radical in supporting the Culture of Death as his non-Catholic opponents.
Biden's 2020 presidential platform includes taxpayer-funded abortion on demand and enshrining into law the many demands of the LGBT lobby. Last month on social media he said "transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time," and, as vice president, the first "wedding" he officiated was between two men. In a new campaign commercial, undoubtedly with the "Catholic vote" in mind, the former vice president and abortion proponent is heard saying he attends Mass, "says" the Rosary and leans on his faith during the many difficult times in his life.
In an interview with PBS, Biden was asked if he was offended at the South Carolina priest who refused him Holy Communion. After saying it was a private matter, Biden pointed to the fact that no other priest has done this to him, including Pope Francis. Further, Biden has said publicly that if he wins the election, he will direct the Justice Department to "do everything in its power" to block state laws that place any restriction on abortion — including parental notification requirements, ultrasound laws and waiting periods.
Last year New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Reproductive Health Act, which repealed legal protections for infants who survive abortion. This was followed by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam publicly commenting on what seemed to be an endorsement of infanticide after botched abortions. These moves, both by Democrats, have helped launch the issue of born-alive abortion survivors into the conscience of America and political discussions.
While Congress and state legislatures across the nation have responded by putting forth legislation to protect infants who survive abortion, Democrat politicians have blocked efforts to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires that life-saving medical care be given to babies born alive after failed abortion attempts. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to bring this bill up for a vote in the House over 80 times, and Democrat Governors in North Carolina, Wisconsin and Montana have all threatened to veto similar legislation.
As a state senator, Barack Obama denied the basic right to life of babies who survived abortion. Ohden told Susan B. Anthony List, an organization that supports anti-abortion politicians, back in 2012, "When he was in the Illinois state Senate, Barack Obama voted to deny basic constitutional protections for babies born alive from an abortion — not once, but four times."
While the Catholic Church teaches that a person's stage of maturity does not matter with regard to the intentional killing of an innocent human being, which from the moment of conception is objectively murder, those who survive abortion have a special place in Ohden's heart. "I know it's by the grace of God that I'm alive today, if only to ask America this question: Is this the kind of leadership that will lead us forward — that would discard the weakest among us?"
This is the question that Ohden and other abortion survivors would like the American people to think about this election cycle.