Talk to Gianna Jessen for just a few minutes and she’s likely to punctuate every sentence with a deep infectious laugh. Talk to her a while longer and, as her story unfolds, it becomes apparent that the constant joy has overcome unspeakable challenges.
In many regards, her life has been a short path littered with obstacles at every turn: challenges, betrayal, and cruelty. But for every setback, there have also been invitations into the greatest halls of government. A life that was never meant to be has been used to inspire– even save– others.
You see, Gianna Jessen was intended to die before she was born, just another one of the 1.2 million abortions each year in the United States. Instead of death, though, Gianna was bathed in a burning saline solution, but she overcame to enter the world. Two months premature and weighing just two and a half pounds, she spent her first couple of months in a hospital. Eventually, she entered the foster care system.
The failed abortion had also provided her the “gift” of cerebral palsy, as she calls it: “It allows me to really depend on Jesus for everything.”
While the obstacles she’s overcome have inspiration on their own, she’s also been a living, breathing face to the horrors of abortion. She’s one of the rare survivors and frequently relays her story— speaking for those who can’t speak for themselves.
In 2012 the movie October Baby was released. The movie is loosely based on her life story. But audiences saw more than a depiction of Gianna’s birth. They heard her music. The single “Ocean Floor” was an emotional touching point and sung by Gianna.
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