Melissa is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life at approximately seven months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault counseling, and child welfare.
Melissa was formerly a College Outreach Speaker with Feminists for Life and is the former Patron of Real Choices Australia. She has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, and the Australian Parliament. Melissa is on the Board of Directors for the Vitae Foundation, a national organization which uses media to advance a culture of life.
In 2012, Melissa founded The Abortion Survivors Network (ASN). Since ASN’s inception, Melissa has been in contact with over 250 survivors. Melissa has been featured on television and radio programs including: The 700 Club, EWTN, Fox News, Focus on the Family, American Family Radio, the Mike Huckabee show, The Guardian, and the BBC. She is the author of You Carried Me, A Daughter's Memoir, which was released in January of 2017.Melissa and her husband, Ryan, live in Kansas City, Missouri, with their two daughters, Ava and Olivia.After years of searching for her biological family and offering them forgiveness for the decision that was made to end her life, Melissa’s story, and her life, is so much more than one of survival. It’s evidence of the intergenerational impact of abortion on all of our lives. More importantly, it’s a testament to the beauty of God’s grace in our lives, the power of love, and the transformational power of forgiveness and in answering God’s call for your life.
Fulfilling the purpose that she believes God set out for her when He saved her from the certain death of the abortion attempt, Melissa is truly a voice for the voiceless.
Ways to Attend
Cypress Baptist Church- Host site for keynote speaker. (If seating is available.)
Livestream-Satellite Church Sites- We will have two satellite church sites that will provide banquet style meals, seating and livestream the event. CPC staff members will be present to greet you. (Seating is limited.)
In-Home Hosting- You may host/sponsor your table in your home. We will livestream the banquet to a closed group. The CPC will provide your banquet meal for you and your guests. Must have at least 4+ guests to receive the meals. (Must be registered to attend livestream.)
If you have any questions please contact Katelyn@altcpc.com or call 318-861-4600.