COMMENTARY | I will be taking my daughter to see “October Baby” this weekend. You may not have heard about this movie because it is not typical Hollywood fare. “October Baby” is the story of a young woman, Hannah, who was adopted after surviving an abortion. She grows up unaware of how she was born, but when she discovers what really happened she sets out to find the woman who conceived and carried her until the day she decided to end baby Hannah’s life.
I want my daughter to see “October Baby” because it is important to know that sometimes, victims of abortion do indeed survive. Of course, she could read the stories of survivors like Gianna Jessen, Rebecca Kiessling, Melissa Ohden, Ximenia Renearts, or many more, but a feature film can explore a heavy topic in a more relatable way. Although “October Baby” is a fictional story, there are many real survivors who escaped death and grew into strong and courageous women.
The truth of abortion survivors is one many supporters of the procedure would rather not acknowledge because if those babies survived and grew up to tell their stories, then we must consider the lost lives of the babies who did not survive. In fact, when Rep. Ted Harvey from Colorado introduced abortion survivor Gianna Jessen to the legislature on a day set aside to honor the 90th anniversary of Planned Parenthood in the state, he was rebuked. The House majority leader was quoted as saying, “I think it was amazingly rude to use a human being as an example of his personal politics.”
“October Baby” was inspired by Jessen’s story, and the humanity behind this issue is exactly what the producers aimed to show. Unfortunately, many who support abortion do not believe that those who are aborted are human at all, or that survivors truly exist.
Melissa Ohden’s story was shared on the Planned Parenthood page on Facebook, and was met by jeers and disbelief. Many of the commenters had no understanding of fetal development or that a person could actually survive a saline abortion as Ohden did.
Ximenia Renearts survived an abortion in 1985 and was left in a metal bedpan to die. She was rescued by a nurse and later adopted. President Obama fought against legislation in Illinois that would have protected babies like Renearts born alive after abortion attempts.
Rebecca Kiessling has worked tirelessly to defend the rights of the unborn. She was conceived in rape, and her mother tried twice to abort her before she was born. She was unable to follow through with the procedure, and Kiessling survived. She was adopted and found out about the circumstances of her birth years later. Her mother, the victim of a serial rapist, no longer supports abortion and is glad that Kiessling lived.
The message of “October Baby” is “Every Life is Beautiful,” and I’ll be happy to share with my daughter this inspirational story.
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