By Martha Schieber
Melissa Ohden wasn’t supposed to be born, but she defied incredible odds, surviving a saline infusion abortion in 1977.
Not only did she survive, she was adopted and has thrived.
Ms. Ohden will be the featured speaker at the Vitae Foundation’s Lake Ozark Pro-Life Event on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
The event will be held at the Marabella Ballroom at the Lodge of Four Seasons, 315 Four Seasons Drive.
The dinner and program will start at 6:30 p.m.
The event’s purpose is to raise funds to promote a culture of life and to help educate women facing unplanned pregnancies about resources that are available to assist them in making an informed decision.
The author of You Carried Me: A Daughter’s Memoir, Ms. Ohden has testified before both houses of Congress as well as the Australian Parliament.
She is founder of The Abortion Survivors Network and has advised over 209 abortion survivors.
She holds a master’s degree in social work and has helped many people in the areas of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence/sexual assault counseling, and child welfare.
She survived an induced abortion after about seven months gestation, despite numerous health concerns.
Ms. Ohden’s birth mother was not made aware of her survival.
The daughter spent years searching for her biological family. Upon finding them, she offered them forgiveness for their earlier decision to end her life.
“Melissa shares a life story that is so much more than survival,” stated Vitae’s Senior Market Director Stacey Kromer. “This woman believes she is fulfilling the purpose that God set out for her when He saved her from the traumatic death of an attempted abortion.
“She is truly a voice for the voiceless and will touch everyone’s hearts,” Ms. Kromer added.
Reservations for the Lake Ozark event are $35 per person (not tax-deductible) and can be made by calling (573) 634-4316 or going online to www.vitaefoundation.org.
Vitae Foundation is a national non-profit organization that uses digital media campaigns to reach women facing unplanned pregnancies.
Vitae uses Right Brain research and messaging to promote a culture of life.
Vitae’s digital marketing includes Internet keyword and display advertising, website development and search engine optimization.
Vitae ads run on 94.3 KATI- FM, 103.7 KJEL-FM and all St. Louis Cardinals Radio Network stations; 104.1 KRMS 1150 AM/97.5 FM/104.9 FM; and all Kansas City Royals Radio Network stations.
Vitae also runs ads on the Missouri Tiger Radio Network during Tiger football and basketball games.
Vitae’s research and messaging strategies fuel the digital strategies that help Pregnancy Help Centers reach women needing their assistance.
Ms. Schieber is the Vitae Foundation’s communications director.