‘I hadn’t done anything to warrant my life to be ended’
By Nancy Flanders
Live Action News
It was in a rural town in Illinois in the late 1970s that Jennifer Milbourn nearly lost her life. Still tucked in her birth mother’s womb, she was about four months along — older than her mother had let on — when an abortionist attempted to carry out a D&C aspiration abortion on her.
Jennifer, however, was too big for the abortionist to complete the procedure.
“It was a vacuum aspiration procedure,” Jennifer told Live Action News, “which is the vacuum tube that will suck the baby out. My head was gestationally larger than the abortionist was expecting, which more than likely meant my birth mom had told them that she wasn’t as far along as she was. Basically, they started the procedure, [but] my head was too big to go into the tube. They stopped the procedure and said, ‘More than likely you’ll miscarry because there’s been a hole in the embryonic sac. Go home and you’ll just miscarry.’ But lo and behold, everything was fine.”
Jennifer survived the abortion attempt and lived to be born at full term — a complete miracle, considering someone had been paid to kill her and that a hole had been punctured in the amniotic sac.
Her aunt, who was with her birth mother that day at the abortion facility, adopted her and she grew up with a mother, father, and adoptive sister. All of her childhood, she knew she was adopted and that her birth mother was her aunt, but she didn’t know the whole story. Jennifer said she always felt different growing up — like there was a secret that was being kept from her — and she remembers having to comfort herself as a small child, pulling her knees up to her chest and gathering big blankets around herself to feel safe.
But it wasn’t until she was 19 that she learned the unimaginable while out for the day with her adoptive mother.