Address by abortion survivor Melissa Ohden at the pro-life rally in Dublin on 4th June 2016 celebrating the 8th Amendment.
For more info on the campaign to support the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution – see prolifecampaign.ie
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.
In 2012, Melissa founded The Abortion Survivors Network (ASN). ASN seeks to educate the public about failed abortions and survivors while providing emotional, mental and spiritual support to abortion survivors. Since ASN’s inception, Melissa has been in contact with over 206 survivors.