Ted Harvey pulled off one of the most amazing acts of political theater I could ever imagine. He is a representative in the Colorado House and used that position to make an incredibly powerful statement on the 90th anniversary of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. He discovered a botched Planned Parenthood abortion survivor in the form of a beautiful singer named Gianna Jessen.
When her biological mother was 17 years old and seven and a half months pregnant, she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic to have an abortion. As God would have it, the abortion failed and a beautiful 2-pound baby girl was brought into the world. Unfortunately, she was born with cerebral palsy and the doctors thought that she would never survive. The doctors were wrong.
Imagine the timing! A survivor of a Planned Parenthood abortion arrived in town just days before the Colorado House of Representatives was to celebrate Planned Parenthood’s “wonderful” work.
As I listened to Gianna’s amazing testimony, the Lord inspired me to ask her if she could stay in Denver until Monday morning so that I could introduce her on the floor of the House and tell her story. Perhaps she could even begin the final day’s session by singing our country’s national anthem. And sing Gianna did, and moved those in the audience. Later on the floor, Harvey told the story of her life beginning with all the physical challenges that she had overcome and the wonderful work she has done as a cerebral palsy advocate. He ended by telling the audience how she was almost never born.
In his statement, Harvey attributed the saline injected into her mother’s womb as the cause of her cerebral palsy and that became the main point of criticism and focus in this Denver Post article. Those in the pro-choice movement either missed the point completely or decided to seize on that one part of Harvey’s statement to distract from the powerful message of Gianna Jessen. Whether or not the abortion procedure contributed to Gianna’s cerebral palsy is irrelevant. The point is that if the abortion had been successful, as I expect most at Planned Parenthood are, Gianna would not have been standing in front of them. living, breathing, and singing. She would not have been able to do all the good she has done during her life by raising money and awareness for cerebral palsy and serving as an inspiration to others with similar challenges.
Read the incredible account of how Ms. Jessen’s story brought the Colorado House to complete silence, and how Ted Harvey’s words brought the gavel down on him.
Update (6/20, 12:15 a.m.): More on Gianna here.