Anthems and Little Miracles

Gianna Jessen and her story.
by By Daniel Brandenburg, LC | Source:
Just before the summer break for the Colorado House of Representatives – the very day on which a resolution to honor the 90th anniversary of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains was to be introduced on the floor – a special guest was introduced to the politicians and guests present. Gianna Jessen, recording artist from Nashville, Tennessee, would lead the House in the national anthem.

Due to her cerebral palsy, Gianna often loses her balance, and so held onto Representative Ted Harvey’s arm to stabilize herself. As she sang, her nerves were building, and midway through she forgot the words, began to hum, and then apologized, “Please forgive me; I am so nervous.” The words began tumbling out again, but this time every House member in the chamber began to sing in unison.

As the anthem ended with an air of solemnity and smiles of appreciation, the chamber exploded into applause.

Representative Ted Harvey took the floor for a formal introduction. “Our singer was raised in foster homes before being adopted at the age of four. She was born prematurely and weighed only two pounds at birth. She remained in the hospital for almost three months.”

“Because of her cerebral palsy her foster mother was told that it was doubtful that she would ever crawl or walk. She could not sit up independently. Through the prayers and dedication of her foster mother, she eventually learned to sit up, crawl, then stand. Shortly before her fourth birthday she began to walk with leg braces and a walker.”

“She continued in physical therapy and after a total of four surgeries, she was able to walk without assistance. She still falls sometimes, but she says she has learned how to fall gracefully after falling for 29 years… Members would you help me recognize a modern day hero... Gianna Jessen?”

At this point the chamber exploded into applause which lasted for 15 to 20 seconds. Alice Madden, the Majority Leader and sponsor of the resolution for honoring Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, walked over to Gianna and gave her a big hug. Gianna had touched everyone’s heart...

Ted continued on. “Mr. Speaker, members, if you would allow me just a few more moments I would appreciate your time. My name is Ted Harvey – not Paul Harvey – but please let me tell you the rest of the story.”

“The cause of Gianna's cerebral palsy is not because of some biological freak of nature, but rather the choice of her mother. You see when her biological mother was 17 years old and 7½ months pregnant she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic to seek a late term abortion.”

The chamber fell still. In a faltering voice Ted ventured forward, “The abortionist performed a saline abortion on this 17-year-old girl… which results in the fetus being burned to death, inside and out. Within 24 hours the results are normally an induced still-born abortion. As Gianna can testify the procedure is not always 100% effective. Gianna is an aborted late term fetus that was born alive. The high concentration of saline in the womb for 24 hrs resulted in a lack of oxygen to her brain and is the cause of her cerebral palsy.”

With hesitant confidence Ted hazarded his next words, “Members, today we are going to recognize the 90th anniversary of Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood…”

BANG! The gavel came down. The Speaker of the House interjected with annoyance, “Representative Harvey, I will allow you to continue your introduction, but not for the purposes of debating a measure now pending before the House.”

Representative Harvey replied sheepishly, “Mr. Speaker, I understand, I just wanted to put a face to what we are celebrating today.”

Silence... Deafening silence.

May her miraculous life help many to discover the inhuman face of abortion and the little ways by which God continues to touch lives.

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