The following article is a re-post from the CharismaNews website and was published on Monday, January 16, 2017
Melissa Ohden was fourteen when she learned that she was the survivor of a botched abortion. The shock and bewilderment of the discovery was followed by years of searching fuelled by anguished questions: Who am I? Where did I come from? And why didn’t they want me to live? Although she has been speaking of her experiences for some years, she has never made public the full details of her story. In her newly released book You Carried Me, she describes for the first time her search for her biological parents and her own journey from anger and shame to faith and forgiveness.
After a decade-long search Melissa finally located her birth father and wrote to extend forgiveness, only to learn that he had died without answering her burning questions. Melissa became a mother herself in the very hospital where she was aborted. This experience transformed her attitude toward women who have had abortions, as did the miscarriage of her only son and the birth of a second daughter with complex health issues. But nothing could have prepared her for the day she finally met her birth mother and heard her side of their story.
Exploring the complex issues of abortion, adoption, and motherhood, this intensely personal story of love and redemption illumines the powerful bond between mother and child that can overcome all odds.
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