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An abortion survivor will share her powerful personal story at the 13th Annual Walk for Life West Coast on January 21, 2017 in San Francisco.  Her name is Melissa Ohden is and she is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion which took place in 1977.

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Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life at approximately seven months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault counseling, and child welfare.

In 2012, Melissa founded The Abortion Survivors Network (ASN). ASN seeks to educate the public about failed abortions and survivors while providing emotional, mental and spiritual support to abortion survivors.  Since ASN’s inception, Melissa has been in contact with over 206 survivors.

After years of searching for her biological family and offering them forgiveness, Melissa’s story, and her life, is so much more than one of survival.  It’s evidence of the intergenerational impact of abortion on all of our lives.

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Organizers invite the media, and anyone who is facing an unplanned pregnancy who needs support, to join them at the Info Faire from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco. There will also be resources for hope and healing for women who have had abortions available.

The 2017 Walk for Life West Coast will begin at 12:30 PM with a rally in the city’s Civic Center Plaza. Along with Melissa Ohden, speakers include Pam Tebow, Reggie Littlejohn, founder and President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, and Rev. Childress, founder of Black Genocide.org

Following the rally, participants will walk down Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza.

If you're unable to participate, follow the walk on social media using these hashtags: #walkforlife #walkforlifewc #wflwc #walkforwomenwalkforlife #lovethemboth #13yearsofhopeandhealing


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About Walk for Life West Coast: Founded in 2005 by a group of San Francisco Bay Area residents, the Walk for Life West Coast’s mission is to change the perceptions of a society that thinks abortion is an answer. For more details, and to view a powerful promo video for the walk that can be shared on social media, please visit: www.walkforlifewc.com