Melissa Ohden’s perspective is unique. A key figure in the pro-life movement, she is a survivor who lived through a failed saline abortion as a baby in 1977 and regularly speaks publicly about how that experience forever impacted her life.

Now pregnant with her second child, Ohden recently penned a letter to her own unborn baby, speaking of the joys present in the world, while also warning the child that “the culture of death is all around us.”

“You are 62 days old in the womb today, so we don’t know a whole lot yet about you. But what we do know is this. You are ours and you are loved,” Ohden told the child. “Without yet even seeing you, I feel your presence each day, and I look forward to your presence being made more aware to the world through a soon-to-be burgeoning belly and through movements that make your sister and father squeal with joy.”

She went on to express how excited the family is for the coming birth — and shared how the unborn baby’s sister, Olivia, is anxiously awaiting the happiness she will experience from meeting and interacting with her younger brother and sister.

The letter, though, also struck a more serious tone, with Ohden letting her daughter know that the world is a mixed bag of both joy and pain.

“If you could look into our world right now and understand what was happening around you, I’ll be honest — some things would make you stare in wide-eyed disbelief and others would likely make you cry,” she wrote. “Euthanasia thrives in countries like Belgium; parents must fight to have their children provided medical care; and abortion up until the point of birth in many states across the U.S. The culture of death is all around us.”

Ohden went on to write about the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade (the 1973 court case that legalized abortion in the U.S.) that will be marked on Jan. 22, 2014, invoking her own tragic story.

“My perspective is unique. I am one of the survivors who were intended to add to total of 56 million lives lost. Instead I am a mother, a wife, and a dedicated pro-lifer,” Ohden continued. “I carry that knowledge that I was not meant to survive in my heart and in my spirit every day. Although there is great pain, my joy is much greater. My purpose, your purpose, as the child of a survivor of the abortion holocaust, brings me immeasurable joy, which I hope that you someday experience, too.”

Read the rest of the letter here.

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