Ted Harvey, now a Colorado State Senator, shared an awesome experience he had in May 2006 when he was a member of the Colorado House of Representatives. He felt humbled and confident that God used him for the role he played that day.
One day in May 2006 as he was leaving the House chambers for the weekend, the Democrat Speaker for the House announced that one of the numerous resolutions on the calendar for the coming Monday was about honoring the 90th anniversary of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Senator Harvey, a pro-life advocate, was disgusted that they might pass a resolution honoring 90 years of genocide. He drove home, wondering how he could turn the debate on Monday to prevent such a terrible event from taking place.
At a pro-life organization’s fund raising dinner on Saturday evening, he was deeply moved by a handicapped young lady’s performance. But what was most moving was her testimony. I’ve told Gianna Jessen’s remarkable and amazing story before. She is a survivor of a saline abortion and has cerebral palsy.
Senator Harvey asked Gianna to stay in Denver until Monday. He wanted her to tell her story on the House floor. After thinking about it for a while, Gianna agreed. On Monday morning, Senator Harvey passed a note to the Speaker of the House just prior to the Pledge of Allegiance. He introduced her as an advocate for cerebral palsy, which she is, and asked if she could open the last day of session by singing the national anthem. The House Speaker was more than happy to have Gianna sing.
Her rendition was so moving the entire chamber was in awe of her. At one point her nerves failed her and she lost her words. She said gently, “Please forgive me; I am so nervous.” She began to sing again and every member of the House joined in. Senator Harvey relates, “As I looked around the huge hall I listened to the unbelievable melody of Gianna’s voice being accompanied by a choir of over 100 voices. I had chills running all over my body, and I knew that I had just witnessed an act of God.”
The House Speaker invited, ““Let us give her a hand not only for her performance today, but also for her advocacy work,” he said, and the entire chamber echoed with the applause.
The usual business of the House continued with members making any announcements or introduction of guests. Harvey deliberately waited to be last before introducing Gianna. He first talked about her work as a cerebral palsy advocate, describing how she was unable to walk even with leg braces until age four, had multiple surgeries. A few years ago she began working with a physical trainer to strengthen her legs.
The Senator continued:
“She became so physically fit that she began running marathons to raise money and awareness for cerebral palsy. She just returned last week from England where she ran in the London Marathon. It took her more than eight-and-a-half hours to complete. They were taking down the course by the time she made it to the finish line. But she made it, nonetheless. With bloody feet and aching joints, she finished the race.
“Members would you help me recognize a modern-day hero — Gianna Jessen?”
. . . . As the applause began to die down, I raised my hand to be recognized one more time.
“Mr. Speaker, members, if you would allow me just a few more moments I would appreciate your time. . . .
“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 7-and-a-half months pregnant, she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic to seek a late-term abortion. The abortionist performed a saline abortion on this 17-year-old girl. This procedure requires the injection of a high concentration of saline into the mother’s womb, which the fetus is then bathed in and swallows, 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 percent effective. Gianna is an aborted late-term fetus who was born alive. The high concentration of saline in the womb for 24 hours resulted in a lack of oxygen to her brain and is the cause of her cerebral palsy.
“Members, today, we are going to recognize the 90th anniversary of Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood…”
BANG! The gavel came down.
Just as I was finishing the last sentence of my speech — the climax of the morning — the speaker of the House gaveled me down and said, “Representative Harvey, I will allow you to continue your introduction, but not for the purposes of debating a measure now pending before the House.”
At which point I said, “Mr. Speaker, I understand. I just wanted to put a face to what we are celebrating today.”
I then walked back to my chair shaking like a leaf. The Democrats wouldn’t look at me. They were fuming. It was beautiful. I have been in the Legislature for five tough years, and this made it all worthwhile. . . .
The headline in The Denver Post the next day read “Abortion Jab Earns Rebuke.” The majority leader is quoted as saying, “I think it was amazingly rude to use a human being as an example of his personal politics.”
Now that’s irony, don’t you think? How wonderful to have been able to put a human being as an example of what we are losing through abortion. And how much we gain as individuals and a nation when we let our children live.