Abortion survivor, author Melissa Ohden to speak March 21 at Eureka College
EUREKA — Eureka College Students for Life is bringing abortion survivor Melissa Ohden to campus on Tuesday, March 21. She will speak at 5:30 p.m. in the Terrill Rooms of the Cerf Center, 300 E. College Ave.
Ohden survived a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977 at approximately seven months gestation. In 2012 she founded the Abortion Survivors Network, with the goal of educating people about failed abortions and survivors, while providing emotional, mental and spiritual support to those survivors.
Ohden is the author of “You Carried Me, A Daughter’s Memoir,” which was released in January. It tells of her discovery, at the age of 14, that she survived an abortion, her search for her biological parents, and how she was able to forgive them.
She holds a master’s degree in social work and also has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault counseling, and child welfare.
The Salve Regina Newman Center assisted Eureka College Students for Life to make Ohden’s presentation possible.
Admission for this event is free, but donations will be accepted.