The day on which Micaella Clay was born was supposed to be the day she died. But, against the odds, she survived the abortion attempt. Despite being left with health issues that would follow her for the rest of her life, and spending years in foster care, Micaella thanks God for being alive. She knows there is always a better option than abortion and no one’s life is ours to take. Not only from her own narrow escape from death, but because she also put up her own daughter for adoption when her life circumstances made it too difficult for her to keep her baby. As a result, Micaella is a testament to the dignity and worth of every human being.
“I found out when I was in my mid 30s that my birth mother had tried to abort me. I had found out from social workers that I had been contacting for a really long time, trying to figure out why I have the medical issues that I have, why everything was happening the way that it was. I just wanted answers to my questions. I knew that my birth certificate was different, it wasn’t like anyone else’s. Finally, that’s when social workers took the time to call me and say “hey, the reason that you have the medical issues that you have is not because of any genetic disease or anything like that.. [It’s because] your mother tried to abort you.””
“[In regards to finding out about being an abortion survivor] My initial feeling was relief. I have two wonderful children and I was always afraid that they were going to have the health issues that I have. So, it was really a blessing to find out that it was not something that I’ve passed on to them, it’s something that somebody did to me.”
“But I also have those moments, especially when my health is failing and I’m not doing really well, that I get angry and sad. We have those bouts of depression. It’s hard to look in the mirror sometimes and know that someone tried to kill me.”
“One of the big things that the abortion community tells people is that it’s a clump of cells, it’s not a human being yet or a baby, it doesn’t matter. If you think about that, here I am in my mother’s womb, safe and sound, getting ready to be born, then they do the abortion. I believe for me it was a vacuum aspiration. So here they are, sucking this ‘clump of cells’ out, but suddenly that clump of cells is crying. And it’s a little girl, a human being. But just 20 seconds ago, it was a clump of tissue that didn’t matter. So you can’t say that it’s one way and then suddenly this person is alive, and they have a life and a family. That’s not how that works. It’s not a clump of cells, it’s a child.
“I’m going to tell you guys something for the first time that a lot of people don’t know. I’m going to be sharing that with you because I think that people do need to understand that the foster care system, first off when I was born, was not what it is today. Now you can choose families. You can leave a baby at a fire station. There’s so many different options. But I will tell you that I, myself, was in a situation where I was faced with “what should I do with my baby?”. I put her up for adoption. I chose adoption, and she is back in my life now. … There was never an option in my head or in my heart that said “go abort this baby”, even though I was in the situation that I was in, and it was hard. I will not lie to people, it is going to be tough. But I made it through and my daughter is such a wonderful human being, and I can’t imagine her not in my life.”
“One of the things that I truly believe is that God formed us in the womb and he knew us before we were born, he knew you. You don’t know who that child is going to be .. When you make the choice to end the life of somebody else, you’re ending the future for so many people. I beg you to look around you. Look at your mother, now take her out of the equation. Take your father out, your brother, your sister, your neighbor, your best friend. Make them not be there anymore and tell me what your life would be like without that human being. Because that’s what your doing when you have an abortion, your taking that life out of this world, that could have been somebody so important to you.”