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Abortion survivor speaks out: ‘I have a purpose and a destiny’

The abortion industry wants the truth buried, including the truth that babies can and do survive abortions. If the world knew how often babies survive, the abortion industry would have to admit that it kills healthy, viable preborn human beings on a regular basis. One of the babies who survived was Jennifer Milbourn.

In April of 1978, Milbourn’s birth mother went with her sister to an abortion facility where the abortionist attempted a vacuum aspiration abortion. Due to the size of Milbourn’s head, however, the abortion was not able to be done. Today, it is common for abortionists to crush babies’ heads in order to extract them, but in the 70s this wasn’t always the method.

Disappointed that the abortion wasn’t going to work, Milbourn’s birth mother, an alcoholic, decided to try and force an abortion through the heavy use of alcohol. It didn’t work, but Milbourn was born with fetal alcohol syndrome and has been overcoming the challenges associated with that diagnosis for her entire life.



After her birth, she was adopted by her mother’s sister and at 19 years old, she learned the truth behind her life. She was traumatized at learning that her mother had tried to abort her.

“For 21 years, I thought this was a freak thing that happened to me that made me feel utterly alone and unwanted,” she said in a video for Faces of Choice. But she soon learned there were other abortion survivors in the world like her and they gave her the motivation and inspiration to begin speaking out against abortion.

READ: These inspiring abortion survivors prove that life has value from its very beginning

“I have a purpose and a destiny to help save lives, no matter how small or inconvenient,” she explained.

She is now speaking out through videos for Faces of Choice and at pro-life events as well. She has forgiven her birth mother, saying that she, too, was a victim of the abortion industry who fell for the lie that abortion is health care.

She believes that God saved her life so that her own children could live their lives and so that she could speak out against abortion and stand up for the preborn children at risk who can’t speak up for themselves.

“I wish people had looked at me and seen that my life was worth saving just like all of the millions of other little lives that have been lost that were worth saving,” she said. “In every situation throughout your life in every situation that you encounter, always choose life.”

Data shows that there were 143 babies who survived abortions between 2003 and 2014 in the United States. This number is considered a low estimate because about half of all states don’t have to report abortion complications.

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