(CNSNews.com) – Pro-life activist Claire Culwell shared her story of discovering that she had survived a botched abortion that had claimed the life of her twin.
Culwell, who met her birth mother 10 years ago, learned that she was the surviving twin of a botched D&E abortion, which stands for dilation and evacuation. She told attendees of the March for Life on Friday that her life is a miracle.
“I am the surviving twin of a botched D&E dismemberment abortion. I found this out 10 years ago when I met my birth mother. She described her abortion that successfully aborted my twin. The pain in her eyes is something that I will never forget,” she said.
“Her abortion explained a lot of things for me – my physical complications because of my prematurity and being a twin, a surviving twin, my curiosity and longing for another sibling, my deep appreciation for being wanted by my adoptive parents who stand here with me today,” Culwell said.
“I used to think that the person who was affected by abortion would never be me. It would never be someone in my home, in my church, in my community, and yet, here I was looking my birth mother in the eye, finding out that I not only was affected by abortion, but I had survived one. My life was a miracle. I realized that there was a face, a name, a story with the unborn child and with the woman contemplating an abortion like my birth mother,” she said.
“You see when you look at my face, you see my twin, and when you look at my life, you see the almighty hand of God,” said Culwell. “As you can see, my family standing behind me wouldn’t be standing with me here today if abortion hadn’t hurt us and if life hadn’t empowered us. My children standing here with me today wouldn’t have a mother if I hadn’t survived. In fact, we are here today marching for the lives of my children, people just like you and I.”
She said she dreams of a day when no one has to become an abortion survivor or “a twinless twin” because of abortion.
“When I met my birth mother, I had a choice to make, and I chose to forgive her. Today I choose not only to forgive but to boldly proclaim the truth with you and stand alongside you for all life, because I know that there will be a day, I dream of a day when no other human being has to walk the face of this earth as an abortion survivor or as a twinless twin in the name of choice. And because of each of you and because of what I know about God, I know that that day will come,” Culwell concluded.