Gianna Jessen

Gianna Jessen is an activist Christian prolife born in the United States . A key point of inspiration for her activism is that she is a survivor of a failed abortion attempt. 1 2


Gianna’s biological mother was seventeen and seven and a half months pregnant when she made the decision to have an abortion and went to an abortion clinic in Los Angeles County where a saline injection was given to her in the womb. 3 He was told that in 24 hours the baby would die, however, the baby was born alive and weighed 980 g . Gianna was transferred to a hospital where she spent three months in an incubator and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a result of lack of oxygen in the uterus. Although the doctors did not expect him to live or be able to even hold his head, sit, crawl or walk, he was put on an emergency program for 17 months before he was given to a foster mother in foster care. 4 She supported her and at 3 and a half years she started walking with a walker and orthopedic appliances. At four years it was adopted. 1 5 6

Activism and influence

Since he was 14, he has traveled around the world talking about his experience. He has given various talks and speeches in which he tells his story. Some of which include his participation in the Santidad de la Vida rally and his address to the House Subcommittee of the Judicial Committee on the Constitution.

In reporting on her story and making Jessen’s early life known to the entire American nation, the New York Times noted that Jessen’s case, along with that of Becky Bell (a teenager who died as a result of an unsafe abortion in 1988 ) Have become emblematic symbols of the debate in the United States and other countries as representative cases against abortion. Jessen is a public name she adopted when her activism began.

In 1995, four years after Jessen was placed in the national spotlight, author Jessica Shaver published a biography about Jessen. In early 1996, the Festival of Light Australia sponsored a tour in which Jessen would speak in various places, states and territories. About two years later, on May 20, 1998, Muriel Patterson, a member of the Western Australian Legislative Council, read excerpts from Jessen’s biography to the Council.

In a speech at the signing of the Child Protection Act (2002) President George W. Bush mentioned Jessen acknowledging his presence and expanding his appreciation.

In December 2005 Jessen traveled to London to support a campaign to reduce the number of abortions under the UK Abortion Act, and to speak at a parliamentary meeting in the House of Commons . Both the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of Westminster indicated that their history was expected to encourage Parliament to reexamine its position on abortion.

On May 8, 2006, a Republican representative screened Gianna’s story in the Colorado State House of Representatives at an event honoring the 90th anniversary of a local branch called Planned Parenthood . .

In September 2008 Jessen attended an event in Canberra, Australia, sponsored by the Australian Christian Lobby, to persuade federal politicians to be against late abortions. That same month, Jessen appeared in an advertisement during the US presidential campaign. Stating ” if Barack Obama got his way, I would not be here .”

In 2011 she finished producing the movie October Baby , a film that tells the story of Jessen


  1. ↑ Jump to:a b Day, Elizabeth (December 4, 2005). «Gianna Jessen was aborted at 7½ months. She survived. Astonishingly, she has forgiven her mother for trying to kill her . ” The Telegraph . Retrieved on April 18, 2012 .
  2. Back to top↑ «Gianna Jessen Biography» (PDF) . . Retrieved on May 7, 2012 .
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  5. Back to top↑ Elliott, Jane (December 6, 2005). «I Survived An Abortion Attempt» . BBC News . Consulted the 28 of February of 2007 .
  6. Back to top↑ «The Age» . August 31, 2008 . Retrieved on April 18, 2012 .