Abortion Lobby Smears DeSantis Over Abortion Survivor Story & Looks Like a Loser When She Speaks Up: “I Did Exist”

Caroline Wharton - 01 Sep 2023

People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones; can someone remind the abortion lobby of that? 

Despite being repeat offenders of honesty themselves (starting with the lie that “abortion is safe,” regardless of the countless risks for women and the preborn), multiple abortion supporters went after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently, accusing him of lying about an abortion survivor while on the first 2024 GOP presidential debate stage. However, the abortion lobby is once again looking like a loser now that the truth has come out, and — no surprise here — they were wrong

During the debate, DeSantis had discussed babies born alive after failed abortions (“successful” abortions are determined by whether the child dies) and mentioned one story in particular. He stated, “I know a lady in Florida named Penny. She survived multiple abortion attempts. She was left discarded in a pan. Fortunately, her grandmother saved her and brought her to a different hospital.” 

DeSantis at the first 2024 GOP presidential debate

When his account was challenged on Twitter by the abortion lobby as “ludicrous,” “obviously untrue,” and a “bizarre and impossible story,” abortion survivor Miriam “Penny” Hopper herself spoke up. 

In an interview with Fox News Digital, Hopper responded, “My answer to that would be the fact that I did exist. I existed at 23 weeks.”

According to Hopper, her mother experienced bleeding and complications at 23 weeks (around five months of pregnancy) and was rushed to the doctor in the middle of the night in 1955. When the doctor could not detect a fetal heartbeat, he suggested Hopper be aborted and gave her mother a shot to induce it. Hopper was born alive, weighing just one pound and 11 ounces, before being placed “in a bedpan on the back porch of the clinic” to die. 

However, when her grandmother and aunt arrived, they found Hopper and contacted the police. She was later transported to a hospital and survived. 

Hopper is just one of many who have lived to tell their story of making it out of the abortion industry’s clutches, and Students for Life of America (SFLA) has prioritized uplifting these stories through partnering with the Abortion Survivors Network (ASN). Led by another abortion survivor Melissa Ohden, ASN exists to identify and support abortion survivors as an average of 1,734 babies survive abortion yearly. The organization estimates from studies that nearly 86,000 survived abortions under Roe v. Wade

As a 2022 – 2023 Post-Roe Accelerator partner, SFLA awarded ASN $15,000 for their work, standing alongside them as they continue to fill an important role in the pro-life movement. You can learn more about SFLA and ASN’s collaboration by clicking HERE to read an SFLA blog. 

In talking with Fox News Digital, Hopper explained how ASN showcases how children become blessings, even when they may not initially be welcomed. Referring back to her own story, she said: 

“Even my father did not want me. Not only was I a failed home abortion, but when I was transported to Lakeland Regional [Hospital], he would go out there and try to remove me because he thought I was going to be a burden. As a child, I knew that my dad didn’t want me as a baby because he would tell me, ‘I didn’t want you. But I love you now.’” 

ASN Founder & CEO Melissa Ohden and family

On his deathbed, Hopper said her father said he didn’t know what he would have done without her, and she concluded, “All the pain, and all the rejection and learning my story, it made it worth it all. Both my parents loved me, and I love them dearly. And I have a brother that’s my best friend. And we have a very close-knit family. So forgiveness … is a wonderful force in life.” 

Hopper’s story is more than just heartwarming — it also proves yet again that the abortion supporters’ attempts to save face are nothing more than lies. DeSantis was entirely correct that this ghoulish industry has a history of infanticide, and it’s sadly easy to see just how morally bankrupt the abortion lobby is as not even Born Alive legislation is bipartisan

Will the abortion supporters who decried Desantis’ statements admit they were wrong? Not a chance…. but we’ll add another tally to their seemingly inexhaustible list of lies. 

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