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Abortion Survivors | Hear their Stories
Abortion Survivors

  • Claire Culwell is an abortion survivor. She was a twin in the womb, but today her twin isn't here.  Today she is a voice and a beautiful face for the unborn.  She speaks in honor of the unborn.
Clare always knew she was adopted, so at the age of 20, she wanted to find her birth mother.  She wanted to thank her for choosing life.  That is when she found out that her mother had chosen the opposite.

Claire made a phone call to her adoption agency to start a search to hopefully meet her birth mother.  She received a phone call from from her birth mother a month later and visited her.  Claire had a card for her, and on the card she wrote that she was thankful that her mother had chosen life for her, which was the greatest gift she had ever received.  

As her birth mother opened this card, what were very happy tears began to turn into very sad tears as well. She grabbed Claire's hand and took her into a back room, where she began telling Claire about her life.

Her birth mother grew up in a family where her parents were divorced. She lived with her mother, and her mother worked multiple jobs, which left my birth mother making very adult decisions for herself.  As she sought outside for love and for fulfillment, like many do, she found herself pregnant at 13 years old.

Her mother said that there was only one thing to do. They drove to an abortion clinic and her birth mother had a surgical abortion at five months along. After having her surgical abortion that day, as she went home to her eighth grade life, she was in gym class with her best friend about four weeks later, and her friend said, "Have you been back to the doctor?  Things don't seem right. Maybe you should go get yourself checked out and make sure that nothing else is wrong."

So, Claire and her mother returned to the same abortionist to be examined. At that moment she was told the most shocking words she had ever heard in her entire life. "You are still pregnant. Your abortion was successful, but you're still pregnant. You were pregnant with twins. One was aborted, but one has survived, so you are still mothering a child in your womb."  She was told that her amniotic fluid, which is in the sack and is what holds the baby together and gives the baby nutrients, had been broken.

"My mother delivered a little baby girl two weeks later, and that was me.  When I was born I weighed 3 lbs. 2 oz., my hips were dislocated, and  my feet were turned in as clubfeet. I had to stay in the hospital for two and a half months on life-support. When I was released I had casts on my feet to correct my club feet, and I had a harness on my hips to hopefully correct and put my hips back into place. Through the next couple of years, I went through multiple casts, even body casts, to try to form my body back together.  Although it sounds like a horror story, many have said, "Well, aren't you angry? Aren't you upset?"  I say, “No, because my birth mother is probably my biggest hero, because she didn't have to tell me. Through her courage and through her strength and her selflessness, peoples lives are being changed.”

Claire continues, “Abortion doesn't just affect one person. It is a domino effect, even though that happened, it has turned into something so beautiful. God has really taught me to rely on him, that this is not something about me, that it is about Him. It is about his grace, and it is about his amazing gift of life that he has given us, even though life looks like a given because we all have it, it is a gift. He is able to speak through my story and through my birth mother's story, and through my parents' story, and share that gift with the world."  

It's not really about her.  It is about the gift of life from God, to be cherished, to be treasured, and to know how valuable it is.  Value life.

There are many families willing to take someone else's children and to love them. It is called adoption. Spokane offers help and hope for mothers who want to give the gift of life to their babies.    (Claire Culwell, The 700 Club, April 23, 2013)