For Immediate Release: April 25, 2019
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Washington, D.C.: Phyllis Schlafly Eagles is excited to announce that abortion survivor Melissa Ohden will be a featured speaker at the Phyllis Schlafly Collegians Summit in Washington, D.C. this June. Miss Ohden’s life story is one of forgiveness, overcoming, love, and God’s grace. Before birth, Ohden was subjected to the type of abortion known as a “saline infusion.”
“We are thrilled to hear from Melissa Ohden at our 26th annual Collegians event in D.C.,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “Her story is absolutely inspirational. Not only the survivor of an attempted abortion, she has gone on to thrive and provide so much help for others in life. She earned her Master’s in social work and has worked in the field of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, sexual assault counseling, and child welfare. She sits on the Board of Vitae Foundation and has testified before Congress and other international bodies. Her story embodies the potential of every life that is snuffed out by the plight of Abortion on our nation. We are excited for her to share her message of hope and help with our Collegians.”
In 2012, Ohden founded the Abortion Survivors Network to help educate the public about failed abortions and survivors while providing survivors themselves with emotional, mental, and spiritual support. She is the author of the 2017 award-winning book You Carried Me: A Daughter’s Memoir.