Abortion Survivor Speaks Out: The Abortion Pill Was Supposed to Kill Me, “However I Survived” by Micaiah Bilger for Life News
Linda Swayn thanks God often for the gift of life.
Though her childhood, by most people’s standards, would be considered very difficult – she survived an abortion and was abandoned by her parents after being born with numerous health problems – Swayn sees her life from a different perspective, one of joy and thankfulness.
According to Live Action News, the New Zealand woman survived a drug-induced abortion in the 1960s when abortions were still illegal there.
“My mother had an unexpected pregnancy with a married man who already had a daughter that was about 4 years old,” Swayn told the Rev. James Lyons, chaplain of the Home of Compassion, in an interview. “And it was a shock to her. She didn’t want her parents to know she was pregnant, so she got hold of a drug called methotrexate, and methotrexate is a drug that’s used to be able to abort the fetus. However, I survived.”
Methotrexate is not commonly used for abortions now because the drug frequently fails to kill the unborn baby, especially if used later in pregnancy. The drug also can cause birth defects of the brain and spine, as happened with Swayn, according to Live Action.
Born prematurely, Swayn suffered from numerous medical problems and spent the first 18 months of her life in the hospital, the report continues.
“One of the main issues with the surviving of an abortion under the methotrexate drug is that it affected the skull, so I’ve got two holes in the back of my skull,” she said. “So I’ve only got two toes on each foot, which is one big toe and one other. So I’ve had surgery on my feet to help me walk properly when I was about 6 years old. And I’ve had surgery on my skull … as well as surgery on my eyes.”