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A Matter of Life and Death: Now is the Time to Save Lives

October 17, 2017

Melissa Ohden's mother was a 19-year-old college student when she had a saline abortion that was supposed to end Melissa's life in the womb. It was a "choice" that was forced upon her by her family. Melissa's maternal grandmother, a nurse, delivered her, but instead of seeing a dead baby as expected, Melissa came out fighting for her life.

Her grandmother demanded that the other nurses let her die—but Melissa didn't die. She weighed a little less than three pounds and suffered from jaundice, severe respiratory problems, and seizures, but she didn't die. That so-called "little glob of cells" fought for her life.  She went on to get a Masters degree in social work and serve in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault counseling, and child welfare, and she is alive today to tell her story.

Melissa could have just been a statistic. Since the United States Supreme Court paved the way for virtually unrestricted abortion with its Roe v. Wade decision, over 58 million babies have lost their lives. That’s 1 of every 5 babies conceived — more than the population of California, Oregon, Washington, Mississippi, Iowa, and New Mexico combined.

The numbers are overwhelming. But while we grieve for lives lost, we do have reason for hope.

Over the last six months, by the grace of God and because of your prayers and financial support, we have seen extraordinary progress in efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading provider of abortions.

  • Eight states—and counting—have already taken steps toward defunding the abortion giant.
  • In a historic vote, the United States Congress voted to defund Planned Planned for the first time in history, meaning this January marked the first time a bill to defund Planned Parenthood was sent to the president's desk.
  • 81 abortion facilities closed or dramatically reduced their business in 2015.
  • The  Center for Disease Control recently announced that the abortion rate is at an all-time low since Roe v. Wade!

With lives at risk, the stakes are high. Now is the time to move forward with legal efforts that save lives.

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide two cases this term that could turn the tide for life.

The first case involves five Christian colleges, which are all ADF clients: Geneva College in Pennsylvania, and Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Mid-America Christian University. These colleges are fighting an attempt by the Obama Administration to force them into providing abortion-inducing drugs as part of their health insurance plans.

The second is an attempt by Planned Parenthood and its collaborators to overturn common sense state laws that protect the lives of women. These laws require abortion businesses and abortionists to meet basic health and safety standards.

By supporting ADF, you partner with us to …

  • Work to redirect taxpayer dollars funding Planned Parenthood to healthcare centers that truly care about women and children
  • Protect sidewalk counselors like Eleanor McCullen, who provide love, truth, and support to hurting men and women outside of abortion facilities.
  • Defend pro-life employers like March for Life and religious schools that are being mandated by law to provide coverage of abortion-inducing drugs in their healthcare plans
  • Stand up for pro-life healthcare professionals like Washington pharmacy owner Kevin Stormans and his family, and New York City nurse Cathy DeCarlo, who refused to violate their conscience by dispensing abortion-inducing drugs or participating in abortions
  • Promote common-sense laws that provide better protection for women and their unborn children

Your efforts to defend lives are making a difference! Thank you for joining us to rebuild a culture that respects and values life.


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