Recently, Gianna Jessen sang the national anthem at Colorado’s House of Representatives and a controversy erupted.
Jessen was born with cerebral palsy and was told by doctors that she would never survive. They were wrong. Twenty-nine years later she travels across the country singing and raising awareness for her disease.
She continues to defy the odds. She was told she would never lift 30 pounds with her legs – she leg presses 200. Despite being told she could not walk, she recently completed the London Marathon with bloody feet and ching joints to raise money and awareness for cerebal palsy.
The circumstances surrounding the performance of this inspiring young lady was called “extremely rude” by the Democratic majority leader in Colorado’s House, because of one little fact.
Jessen is an abortion survivor.
After the House gave Jessen a long ovation twice, Rep. Ted Harvey, who brought Jessen, said:
Mr. Speaker, members, if you would allow me just a few more moments I would appreciate your time.
My name is Ted Harvey, not Paul Harvey, but, please, let me tell you the rest of the story.
The cause of Gianna’s cerebral palsy is not because of some biological freak of nature, but rather the choice of her mother.
You see when her biological mother was 17-years-old and 7-and-a-half months pregnant, she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic to seek a late-term abortion. The abortionist performed a saline abortion on this 17-year-old girl. This procedure requires the injection of a high concentration of saline into the mother’s womb, which the fetus is then bathed in and swallows, which results in the fetus being burned to death, inside and out. Within 24 hours the results are normally an induced, still-born abortion.
As Gianna can testify, the procedure is not always 100 percent effective. Gianna is an aborted late-term fetus who was born alive. The high concentration of saline in the womb for 24 hours resulted in a lack of oxygen to her brain and is the cause of her cerebral palsy.
Members, today, we are going to recognize the 90th anniversary of Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood…
At that point he was stopped by the Speaker of the House, who said Harvey was violating the rules by debating a matter before the House in an introduction. Harvey concluded, “Mr. Speaker, I understand. I just wanted to put a face to what we are celebrating today.”
That day the Democrats in the House were going to honor Planned Parenthood for their 90 years in Colorado. Harvey simply pointed out exactly what was being honored.
He writes about what happened next:
The House majority leader wouldn’t talk to me the rest of the day.
Was it because I introduced an abortion survivor, or was it because we touched her soul? She could congratulate an inspirational cerebral palsy victim and advocate, but was outraged when she discovered that the person she congratulated was also an abortion survivor.
This left many in the House and the media, fuming. The Dever Post ran a story quoting the majority leader Alice Madden, who sponsored the measure to recognize Planned Parenthood, and a spokeswoman from Planned Parenthood. Madden told the Post, “”I think it was amazingly rude to use a human being as an example of his personal politics.”
Harvey responded: “Yes, Representative Madden, Gianna Jessen is a human being. She was when she was in her mother’s womb, and she was when she sang the national anthem on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives.”
This is the face of our recent discussion. Gianna is not some distant policy idea. She is a real, breathing human being, whose very life screams the importance and value of life.
For her part Jessen was glad that Harvey did what he did. “We need to discuss the humanity of it. I’m glad to be able to speak up for children in the womb,” she said. “If abortion is about women’s rights, where were my rights?”
Does Gianna not have the “choice” to decide if her live is worth living? Does she not have the “right” to continue living even though someone else may not
inconvenience themselves want her to “suffer?”
I know another person who also by his very presence testifies that life should be valued, no matter what embryonic test may indicate – my son Wesley.
My wife and I were both unemployed with no money or job prospects when we found out we were pregnant. We had no idea how to prepare for this. After one of the ultrasounds, they asked us if we could step into the doctor’s office and wait for him.
When he arrived, he showed us a tiny speck on Wesley’s tiny brain. He told us that this could indicate severe brain damage, possibly a still-birth or it could be nothing. Most of what he said after that is a blur. My mind was swirling. I did catch one thing toward the end of him talking to us. He told us that he hated to tell us this and to cause us to worry, but he had to because if we had a baby with a birth defect we could sue him and his office for not giving us the chance to abort Wesley.
At some point during his speech, he told us that they could do more testing which may or may not clear up the situation. He also indicated that a small, but significant number of babies die from the embryonic tests that would be done. We, of course, said no to any more testing. We prayed and accepted whatever God wanted to give us.
Wesley was born a perfectly healthy baby and is still a perfectly healthy boy (exept for the fact that he no longer has a fingerprint on one of his fingers, but that is a recent thing due to hot glue and another long story). We would have loved and cherished him regardless if he had been born and lived with a mental defect or even if he had only lived a few minutes. He would still be our son.
This is one of the reasons I bristle when someone challenges my pro-life position, indicating it would change depending on the circumstances. I have been in the situation where many people have killed their babies. My wife and I lived it, we intentionally chose life.
I can now add Gianna to Wesley and the other personal reasons, why I am vehemetly opposed to the murder of unborn children. The Colorado House of Representatives can celebrate Planned Parenthood, I will choose to celebrate the lives of Gianna and Wesley – two individuals who in different ways survived the “planning” of groups like Planned Parenthood.