Colorado legislator puts human face on Planned Parenthood’s “work”

Colorado legislator puts human face on Planned Parenthood’s “work”

Okay, okay, I saw this last week, but didn’t post the link for one reason or another. (Distracted by baby, submitting yet another resume, etc.) Yet so many of you are sending me the link, I feel compelled to post it even though many other bloggers have done so too. Still, it is a very good story.

Back in May, the Colorado House of Representatives was passing a resolution to honor Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains on its 90th year of practicing eugenics, genocide, and the murder of innocents in the womb. (I don’t think that’s how they worded it.) One pro-life representative found an innovative way to make a point about honoring the abortion industry.

Rep. Ted Harvey invited Gianna Jensen to sing the national anthem to open the House’s session on the day the resolution was to be passed. Gianna is a survivor of abortion, who has cerebral palsy as a result of the botched procedure 29 years ago. She’s now a pro-life speaker who travels the country. She happened to be in Colorado that weekend when Harvey met here and asked her to come to the House on Monday, May 8.

Following a committee hearing, I rushed into the House chambers just as the opening morning prayer was about to be given. Between the prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, I wrote a quick note to the speaker of the House explaining that Gianna is an advocate for cerebral palsy. I took the note to the speaker and asked if I could have my friend open the last day of session by singing the national anthem. Without any hesitation the speaker took the microphone and said, “Before we begin, Representative Harvey has made available for us Gianna Jessen to sing the national anthem.”

Gianna sang the most amazing rendition of The Star Spangled Banner that you could possibly imagine. Every person in the entire chamber was completely still, quiet and in awe of this frail young lady’s voice.

Due to her cerebral palsy, Gianna often loses her balance, and shortly after starting to sing she grabbed my arm to stabilize herself, and I could tell that she was shaking. Suddenly, midway through the song, she forgot the words and began to hum and then said, “Please forgive me; I am so nervous.” She then immediately began singing again and every House member and every guest throughout the chambers began to sing along with her to give her encouragement and to lift her up.

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.

As the song concluded the speaker of the House explained that Gianna has cerebral palsy and is an activist to bring awareness to the disease. “Let us give her a hand not only for her performance today, but also for her advocacy work,” he said. The chamber immediately exploded into applause—she had them all in the palm of her hand.

And now, the rest of the story…

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