Jessen (b. April 6, 1977, Los Angeles, California) is a Christian
recording artist and pro-life activist who was born alive during a
I am adopted and my biological mother was 17 and so was my biological
father. She was seven and a half months pregnant when she decided to
go to the Planned Parenthood, which is the largest abortion provider
and they counseled her to have a late term saline abortion, which is a
saline solution and it is injected into the mother’s womb, baby gulps
the solution and it burns the baby inside and out and then she is to
deliver a dead baby within 24 hours.
And to everyone’s great shock and surprise I did not arrive dead but alive on April the 6th, 1977, in a Los-Angeles county abortion clinics.
What’s fantastic about this, about the perfect timing of my arrival
is that the abortionist was not on duty yet, so he was not even given
an opportunity to continue on with his plans for my life which was
And I know that I’m in a government building, in a beautiful one, it is, and I love your country as well as my own.
But I know in the age that we live it is not at all politically
correct to say the name of Jesus Christ in the places like this, to
bring Him into these sorts of meetings, because His name can make
people terribly uncomfortable.
But I did not survive so I could make everyone comfortable.
I survived so I could stir the things up with that.
And I have a great time doing it.
And so I was delivered alive as I have already said, after 18 hours.
I should be blind, I should be burnt, I should be dead, and I am not.
You know what is fantastic of indication, is the fact that the abortionist had to sign my birth certificate.
So I know who he is.
And it also says for any skeptics listening on my medical record “born during saline abortion”.
Ha! They did not win.
I’ve done some research on the man performing the abortion on me,
and his clinics are the largest chain of clinics in the United States
of America and they gross 70 million dollars a year.
I’ve read him say, I’ve read some call from him, that’s some point, several years ago, and he said
I have aborted over a million babies and I consider it my passion.
I tell you these things because listen ladies and gentlemen, we are
entering in an interesting battle, whether we realize it or not in this
It is a battle between life and death.
What side are you on?
So a nurse called an ambulance and had me transferred to a hospital which is absolutely miraculous.
generally the practice of that time and up to 2002 was in my county
to end the life of an abortion survivor by strangulation, suffocation,
leaving the baby there to die or throwing the baby away.
But on August the 5th, 2002, my extraordinary President
Bush signed a law “The Born-Alive Infants Protection Act” to prevent
that from occurring any more.
You see… we are playing for keeps… I mean, I’m hoping to be hated by
the time that I die so I can feel God above me and understand what it
was to be hated.
I mean, He was hated, Christ was hated, and it is not that I look
for to be hated, but I know that along my journey I am already hated
because I declare life. I say you didn’t get me, the silent holocaust
did not win over me.
And my mission, ladies and gentlemen, among many things is this: to
infuse humanity into a debate that we have just compartmentalized and
settled on the shelf and said it is not an issue. We have removed our
emotions, we are becoming harder.
Do you really want that? How much are you willing to take and how
much are you willing to risk to speak the truth in love and
graciousness and stand up and at least be willing to be hated. Or, at
the end of the day, is it all about you? Or me?
And so, after all that I was placed into an emergency foster care
home, where they decided they did not like me very well and as I’m fond
of saying I do not know how you could not adore me right from the
What is wrong with these people? But they did not.
You see, I’ve been hated since conception by so many and loved by so many more, but so especially by God.
I’m His girl. You don’t mess with God’s girl.
I’ve got a sign on my forehead which says: you’d better be nice to me because my Father runs the world.
So after I was placed in a mean home, I was taken out of the mean
home and placed into another home, beautiful home, Penny’s home.
She says by this time I was 17 months old, 32 pounds of dead weight
and a diagnosis that I considered to be the gift of cerebral palsy,
which was caused directly by the lack of oxygen to my brain while I was
trying to survive.
Now I am just compelled to say this if abortion is merely one of the women’s rights, ladies and gentlemen, than what were mine?
There was not a radical feminist standing up and yelling about how
my rights were being violated and in fact my life was being snuffed out
in the name of women’s rights.
And, ladies and gentlemen, I would not have cerebral palsy have I not survived all of this.
So when I hear appalling disgusting argument that we should have
abortions because the child just might be disabled – oh! The horror
refills my heart.
Ladies and gentlemen, there are things that you will only be able to learn only by the weakest of us.
And when you snuff them out you are the ones who lose, the Lord
looks after them but you are the ones that would suffer forever. 08.51
And what arrogance, what absolute arrogance that it has been an
argument for so long in this human place that we live that the stronger
should dominate the weaker, should determine who lives or dies.
The arrogance of this, don’t you realize that you cannot make your
own heart beat? 09.17 Don’t you realize that all the power you think
you possess, you possess none of it, it is the mercy of God that
sustains you even if you hate Him.
So they looked at my dear Penny and said Gianna would never be anything which is always encouraging.
And she decided to ignore them and she worked with me three times a
day and I began to hold my head and they said Gianna will never this
and never that…well, long story short, eh? I was walking by the age of
three and a half with a walker and leg braces.
And I stand here today with a mild petty limp, and without a walker and leg braces.
I fall gracefully some times and very ungracefully on other times,
depending on the situation, but I consider all that the glory of God.
You see ladies and gentlemen, I am weaker than most of you, but this is my sermon.
And what a small price is it to pay to be able to bliss for the world as I do and offer hope.
And I think in our misunderstanding of the way the things work, we misunderstand how beautiful suffering can be.
I don’t willingly sign up for it but when it comes we forget that
God is in control and that God has a way of making the most miserable
I have met my biological mother. I have forgiven my biological mother. I’m a Christian.
She is a very broken woman. She came to an event that I was having
two years ago short upon announcement and said “hello, I’m your
It was a very difficult day and yes, well, I was enduring all of
these, well, you probably think I’m silly, but I was sitting there and I
was thinking “I don’t belong to you. I belong to Christ. I’m His girl
and I’m a princess.”
So no matter what you say in all your anger and broken missing rage,
it is not mine to keep, it is not mine to carry. I won’t. I was saying
all this inside.
So ladies and gentlemen, you have an opportunity, but for a just
brief moment I would like to speak directly to the men in this room and
do something that is never done.
Men, you are made for greatness. You are made to stand up and be men.
You are made to defend women and children, not to stand by when you know murder is a crime and do nothing about this.
You are not made to use women and leave us alone. You are made to be
kind and great and gracious and strong and stand for something.
Because men, listen to me, I’m too tired to do your job.
Women, you are not made for abuse, you are not made to sit and not to know your worth and your value.
You are made to be fought for. Forever. 13.31 So now is your moment. What sort of people are you going to be?
I trust – incredible. I trust men you… you will rise to the occasion.
To the politicians listening and particularly to the men I would say
this – you are made for greatness – such a politics aside.You are made
to defend what is right and good.
This fiery young girl will stand here and say: now is your moment.
What sort of man do you wanna be?
A man obsessed with your own glory or a man obsessed with the glory of God?
It’s time to take a stand «Victoria».
This is your hour. God will assist you. God will be with you.
You have the opportunity to glorify and honor God in 2008.
I’ll just end with this. Some of you might be slightly annoyed that I like you doing is talking about God and Jesus.
But how on earth can I walk limping through this world and not give
all my heart and mind and soul and strength to the Christ who gave me
So if you think I am a fool – it is just another jewel in my crown.
My whole intent in living here is to make God smile.
I hope some of this made sense. It just came from my heart.
God’s blessing keep you.
In Russian: Я родилась в результате аборта