They Put Me in a Toxic Solution for Five Days to Kill Me in an Abortion, Miraculously I Survived

Melissa Ohden

"[We're] literally making stuff up. ...A child doesn't come out partway alive and doctors kill it. It's not a thing. It's not a thing today, it's not a thing tomorrow, it's not a thing ten years ago," Minnesota State Sen. Alice Mann (D) stated in a recent hearing called "Establishing Fundamental Right to Reproductive Health."

While Twitter retweets and replies to Sen. Mann's blistering response to her colleague Sen. Bill Lieske's (R) introduction of an amendment to stop abortions of "a child in part born alive" are a viral thread of punches from one side of the political aisle to the other, exchanging blows over what each side calls partisan propaganda, what's missing from the 280-character dogfight is the irrefutable fact that babies can and do survive abortion throughout pregnancy. We know this from the medical and adoption records of abortion survivors; survivors' and families' stories; medical research; and doctors', nurses' and even abortionists' statements.

Babies who survive abortions aren't typically partially delivered and killed. More typical is that they survive chemical abortions in the first trimester. They survive surgical abortions in the second trimester that may leave them with significant wounds found upon delivery, as was the case for survivor Hope Hoffman. They survive induction of labor in the third trimester with the intent that they won't survive the preterm induction, or with the plan to leave the child to die if they do survive the delivery, as was the case with Sarah Zagorski and, sadly, as happened in the practice of the imprisoned Dr. Kermit Gosnell, where some babies were brutally killed by having their spinal cord "snipped."

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