Melissa Ohden, a survivor of a failed abortion, advocates a pro-life message in her new film "A Voice for Life."
Ohden's pro-life documentary revolves around her survival from a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Miraculously, she suffered no permanent physical or mental damage. She was eventually adopted into a new family, where she continually searched for her biological family and struggled with the reality of being an abortion survivor. Years later, Ohden gave birth to her daughter, Olivia, in 2008 at the same hospital where the attempted abortion took place.
Ohden, now 34-years-old, lives her life as an international pro-life speaker and advocate. Her film provides viewers with an in-depth perspective on abortion and the individuals personally affected by it.
Pro-life leaders and advocates are featured in the film, including Father Frank Pavone, Alveda King, Dr. John Willke, Kevin and Theresa Burke and Michael Clancy. A Voice for Life has been shown at several events thus far, including the Heartbeat International and National Right to Life.
Ohden's film has gathered awards from the Transforming Stories International Film Festival in South Africa and the Redemptive Film Festival in Virginia Beach. The creative team of Steve Feazel, Gunther Meisse and Melissa Ohden are responsible for the production of the film.
Edwin L. Carpenter, reviewer for Dove.org, championed the film and its message: "Women share their emotions from post-abortions and reflect guilt but the value of a life lesson learned. The viewer of this DVD will marvel at God's grace as Melissa Ohden reflects forgiveness and her belief that God spared her for a purpose."
This new film adds another voice and personal stance to the ongoing abortion debate. Pro-choice and pro-life advocates are still at odds over the ongoing issue. Back in November, Mississippi voters rejected the proposed "Personhood Amendment" at the voting polls. This new law challenged nationwide abortion rights and declared that life initially begins at fertilization.
And now, both dueling sides in the abortion argument have begun butting heads over the Obama Administration's decision over the Plan B morning-after pill. Yesterday, they decided to stop the pill from moving onto drugstore shelves.
Proponents of making the pill more accessible believe the pill is safe. They also believe that teenagers will have sex with or without their parents’ approval and they should be protected before and after. However, their opponents feel that minors should not be allowed to make medical decisions without their parents and a doctor's approval.
Melissa Ohden's film takes a pro-life stance, but she personally holds no bias against those with opposing opinions. "Even though my life was supposed to end by abortion, I have nothing but love for anyone who has made the decision to have an abortion," she stated on her website. "Likewise, I have nothing but love for anyone who has coerced or simply failed to be a support to someone who was considering having an abortion. There is hope and there is healing for ALL who are impacted by abortion–women, men, family members, friends."
Ohden also supports those who consider adoption an option. On her website, she stated that, "adoption is a choice that EVERYONE can live with. I believe that giving life is one of the most beautiful and important things a woman can do, and if need be, making an adoption plan for a child, is one of the most beautiful and selfless decisions that a woman can make."
The video below gives viewers a look into Melissa Ohden's life story: