Abortion Survivor: We’ve Forgotten ‘The Beauty of Adversity in This Culture’

By Lauretta Brown | March 4, 2016 | 5:25 PM EST

Saline-abortion survivor Gianna

Jessen. (Photo: Gianna Jessen)

(CNSNews.com) – Abortion survivor and pro-life speaker, Gianna Jessen, shared her thoughts on abortion and disabilities at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday, telling CNSNews.com that our culture has “forgotten the beauty of adversity.” 

Jessen survived a late-term saline abortion and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a condition she calls “a tremendous gift.”

Jessen said that she wanted to share her story at CPAC because “it’s important to talk about the value and beauty of the unborn and, having survived an abortion, I think I have just a little bit of a different perspective than some people on the issue.”

She added that she liked “to share with people the value of their own lives.”

“I think we’re living in a time where people in general in our culture do not feel that they are cared for by God, so I think it’s great to be able to tell people, ‘hey, God loves you, Jesus loves you,’” she said.

CNSNews.com asked Jessen, “During your testimony before the House [of Representatives on Sept. 9, 2015] you described your cerebral palsy as ‘a tremendous gift to you.’  Could you say more about that, why you describe it that way?”

“Yeah, it really chases off idiots that want to date you,” she joked, adding seriously, “It’s one thing to just talk about Jesus … it’s different when I need him to walk, physically walk, through life, and when you need Christ on that level, your life is amazing.” 

“The very thing that was meant to destroy you and take you down is the very thing that is bringing you so much life, if that makes sense,” Jessen said. “I think we’ve forgotten as well the beauty of adversity in this culture.”

Gianna Jessen testifies. On

right, a baby killed by

saline-abortion.  (Photo: TPNN)

“I say it all the time, but it’s often from the weakest and the littlest that we learn wisdom,” she said.    

Jessen added that she would like to see infants born alive receiving “all proper medical carr.”  She then asked, “Can you believe that we’re even having to have this discussion? Think about it: that we have to have a discussion about protecting a child who survives an abortion.”

Jessen also called the high rate of abortion for unborn babies with Down Syndrome “heartbreaking.” 

“We have no idea how much beauty and life we’ve lost through our own foolishness, our own folly, our own arrogance,” she emphasized.

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