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You Carried Me: A Daughter’s Memoir 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition
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Very personal and compelling. LA Review of Books
Ohden’s straightforward and courageous memoir revolves around her efforts to find her birth parents and understand her identity after discovering at age 14 that she survived a late-term abortion. … Her beautifully open book is unlikely to change minds on either side of the abortion debate, but it does personalize that debate in a unique way. --Publishers Weekly
A memoir of mothers, daughters, adoption, and abortion. . . . Ohden’s story is complicated, and she has impressively overcome significant emotional challenges. . . . [Her] perseverance is inspiring. --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- Publication date : January 21, 2020
- File size : 1826 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 146 pages
- ASIN : B01N9SV4PJ
- Publisher : Plough Publishing House; 2nd edition (January 21, 2020)
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #572,615 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I had to pause my reading. I’m an ex-nurse, a prolife activist for thirty years or more, and have often wondered how the abortion culture has kept the lid fastened so tight on every negative story about abortion that even people who claim to be highly educated are incredibly clueless and ignorant about it. Yet they all have an opinion, and most (in our liberal colleges) would be proud to say they are ‘pro-choice’ naïvely thinking that they are also being ‘pro-woman’. Pro-choice is not pro-woman. Melissa’s story shows how.
In feminist culture ‘choice’ is supposed to confer autonomy. That’s not what happened to Melissa’s birth mother in October 1977. It would take Melissa years to unravel the events leading up to her mother’s abortion, and the facts make a mockery of ‘choice’.
At the same time I was reading this book, I was reading ‘Gosnell’. There are parallels. When Melissa was born unexpectedly alive in St Luke’s Hospital, Sioux City, Iowa her grandmother (a nurse, and either at that time or later, a Professor of Nursing (!)), wanted her to be left to die. But unlike any of Gosnell’s born-alive victims, a nurse rushed Melissa to the NICU, where after an initial rocky beginning due to the saline in her system, she thrived. Her adoptive parents fell in love with her at first sight.
This is an amazing story. Melissa takes us through her own inner journey, her emotions, her questioning and her healing. Much of her bewilderment and hurt came from being silenced. She was to find that her Professor’s was not a unique reaction.
Melissa’s style of writing is very appealing. She writes from the heart. She includes photos - a super-cute one of her at 25 days, as a happy little girl on the farm, and one of her and her husband and two little girls, and several more. Always the beautiful smile. (How many more cannot and will never smile, because their lives were ended? It brings tears. Melissa is, in her own words, a voice for the voiceless).
She is the Founder of the Abortion Survivors Network, where she and other survivors have related their stories online. She knows many more survivors who don’t wish to be publicly known. We live in a world that isn’t ready to accept. Survivors don’t fit the pro-choice narrative of ‘Women’s Rights’.
This is a memoir that everybody should read. Melissa was not supposed to live to tell her tale, and our media block almost everything that throws Roe v. Wade into a bad light. Melissa’s birth mother urged her to keep up her public pro-life speaking – ‘You were the first person to ever fight for me,’ she told her. I found that very poignant.
I suggest buying as many copies as you can to give away, and to ask for ‘You Carried Me’ at your library. If they don’t stock the book – give them one. If your bookseller doesn’t stock it, request it. Prolife people have learned that we have to be creative in making the injustice of abortion and its atrocities known to the public. Thank you, Melissa, for writing this book.
Although the story is unfathomable -- it is totally true. It will give you many things to ponder. There are a bit of personal opinions interspersed because it is a memoir. Yet it is not preachy. I can see her points but it did not change my own ideals.
Yes, Melissa is a first time author so things could have been expanded and your heart strings could have been pulled with a bit more drama. However, it would not have changed the story or the outcome and possibly could have made the book look too slick.
Melissa is a ray of hope to her mother, her birth mother, her half sisters, her children and the rest of her family. Someday, I look forward to a screenwriter taking her story and developing it further so more people can learn about forgiveness because that truly is what the story is about.