Thousands of people from across the UK attended the March for Life in London last week to celebrate people who have survived abortions and ask the government to not make terminations any easier.

The march comes as pro-choice campaigners increase pressure on Westminster to introduce abortion on demand in Northern Ireland and to make changes to abortion legislation in England and Wales.

The march finished in Parliament Square where the crowd was addressed by a line-up of keynote speakers including abortion survivor Melissa Ohden and president of Culture of Life Africa Obianuju Ekeocha. 

Melissa Ohden, speaking to the crowd in Parliament Square, said: “I am standing here with you today as a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a Master’s level prepared social worker, and yes, as an abortion survivor.

“You would never tell by looking at me today, but 41 years ago, I survived a ‘failed’ saline infusion abortion.

“In my work as the founder of The Abortion Survivors Network, I have had contact with 286 other abortion survivors, including five from the U.K. four of whom are still alive today.

“Despite the miracle of my survival, the doctor’s prognosis for my life was initially very poor. 

“My adoptive parents were told that I would suffer from multiple disabilities throughout my life.

“However, here I am today, perfectly healthy. Whether I had lived with the expected disabilities or not, my life still deserved to be protected and respected, I still was worthy of the love that my family freely offered.”

Addressing the crowd, president of Culture of Life Africa Obianuju Ekeocha said: “I am here to lament about the human rights issue of our time.

“Abortion in this country has been legal now for more than 50 years and has taken the lives of more than nine million people. 

“We are all gathered here today in this special venue because we have come to raise our voices to this parliament, because this parliament has it wrong.”

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Date published: 18/05/2019
Written by: Ruth Sax
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