Gianna Jessen could be bitter. She could be angry and resentful.
But she’s not any of those things.
The 26-year-old Tennessee woman says that every day is a blessing and that her life is proof that miracles exist.
After all, she wasn’t even supposed to be alive.
She plans to share her story when she travels to Lancaster County next Thursday to speak at a dinner sponsored by A Woman’s Concern, a pro-life crisis pregnancy and resource medical center.
In 1977, Jessen’s 17-year-old mother, at 7/4 months of pregnancy, decided abort her.
An abortionist in southern California injected a saline solution into the teenager’s amniotic sac. The fluid poisons the fetus and burns its lungs and skin. The procedure — less commonly used today — can last up to 24 hours.
Eighteen hours into the process, Jessen slid out. Alive.
“Without any burns on my body,” she says proudly. “They said I should be blind and burned and that I shouldn’t be able to sing.”
Who knew that 26 years later she’d be recording an album and traveling around the country and the world to talk about her experiences?