San Francisco, January 4, 2017 – An abortion survivor will share her powerful personal story at the 13th Annual Walk for Life West Coast on January 21, 2017 in San Francisco.  Her name is Melissa Ohden and she is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion which took place 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.

After years of searching for her biological family and offering them forgiveness, Melissa’s story, and her life, is so much more than one of survival.  It’s evidence of the intergenerational impact of abortion on all of our lives.

The 2017 Walk for Life West Coast will begin at 12:30 PM with a rally in the city’s Civic Center Plaza. Along with Melissa Ohden, speakers include Pam Tebow, Reggie Littlejohn, founder and President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, and Rev. Childress, founder of Black

From Walk for Life West Coast.