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47 Recorded Babies Born-Alive During Abortions

From 2015 – 2018 (in just 3 States)

Because of gaps in national and state abortion reporting, and the continued opposition of abortion advocacy groups to more accurate and detailed reporting, relatively little is known about how often survival now occurs after abortion.

However, of the states that include born-alive statistics in their abortion reporting, we know that in just three states between 2015 – 2018, 47 children were born alive during an abortion attempt: Arizona (10),1 Florida (21),2 and Minnesota (16).3

Meet the Survivors

Melissa Ohden

Melissa is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life at approximately seven months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault counseling, and child welfare.

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Gianna Jessen

Gianna Jessen was intended to die before she was born, just another one of the 1.2 million abortions each year in the United States. Instead of death, though, Gianna was bathed in a burning saline solution, but she overcame to enter the world. Two months premature and weighing just two and a half pounds, she spent her first couple of months in a hospital.

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Josiah Presley

A woman in South Korea was two months pregnant with Josiah Presley, when she decided to have an abortion. A short time after the procedure, she realized that she was still pregnant: the abortion was unsuccessful. At that time, she decided that she would choose life for her baby and give him up for adoption…

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Claire Culwell

My birth mother was 13 years old at the time she became pregnant with me. Her mother took her straight to an abortion clinic where she had a surgical abortion. After thinking she had “fixed the problem,” a few weeks later she realized her belly was still growing. Her mother took her back to the abortion clinic where she learned that she had been pregnant with twins…One was aborted; One survived.

Claire's Story

Jill's Story

Jill Stanek was a registered nurse in the Labor & Delivery Department at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. She discovered not only were abortions being committed there, but babies were being aborted alive to die without medical care:

“One night, a nursing co-worker was taking a baby with Down syndrome who had been aborted alive to our Soiled Utility Room because his parents did not want to hold him. I could not bear the thought of this suffering child dying alone, so I cradled and rocked him for the 45 minutes that he lived. He was between 21 and 22 weeks old, weight about 1/2 pound, and was about 10 inches long. He was too weak to move…”

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The Biggest Serial Killer in American History

Abortionist Convicted of Murder After Killing Babies Born Alive

Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell and his unlicensed, untrained staff regularly committed illegal late-term abortions. When babies were born alive during an abortion–as they often were–Gosnell killed them by “snipping” their spinal cords. This went on for 17 years without a single state health department inspection.

“This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors.” –Grand Jury Report

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Majority of Americans Agree: Ban Born-Alive Abortions

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77% of Voters Want Congress to Protect Babies Born-Alive

77 percent of voters support legislation to ensure that a baby who survives a failed abortion be given the same medical treatment as any other baby born prematurely at the same age (55 percent strongly support). Only 9 percent of voters oppose the legislation (5 percent strongly oppose).

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Latest News

January 31, 2023

Thune, Lankford pressure Dems to protect babies who survive botched abortions

Senate Minority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., and Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., are pushing the Senate to pass legislation that would codify protections for babies who survive botched abortions, and require…
January 12, 2023

‘Born-alive’ bill passed by House Republicans would require care for infants born alive after failed abortion

The House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act on Wednesday, with votes at 220-210. If approved, the legislation would require health practitioners to care for an infant that…
April 15, 2021

The fight for abortion survivors continues in Congress

There was a record number of first-day signatures on a discharge petition filed by House members to bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to the floor for a vote.  House members…