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Abortion survivor to be featured at faith-based center fundraiser

PLANT CITY – A woman who was born after a failed abortion will be the featured speaker at the Pregnancy Care Center of Plant City’s annual banquet.

Melissa Ohden, 35, has been a frequent speaker at groups that oppose abortion. Pregnancy Care Center Executive Director Darlene Davis said Ohden has a moving story to tell.

“She is an excellent speaker with a powerful message,” Davis said.

The banquet will be 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at Plant City’s First Baptist Church, 503 N. Palmer St. The Pregnancy Care Center is currently accepting reservations for the $50 per person banquet and seeking sponsors, she said.

The banquet is the largest fundraiser of the year for the faith-based center, Davis said. Last year’s dinner, featuring Pam Tebow, mother of NFL quarterback and former Florida Gator star Tim Tebow, brought in $42,000.

“We hope to at least bring that much money in this year,” Davis said.

Ohden, who lives in Kansas City, was born two months prematurely Aug. 29, 1977 after a failed saline infusion abortion, according to medical records posted to her website. She has a master’s degree in social work and is a married mother.

She’s told her story on such television and radio programs as Fox News, The 700 Club and Focus on the Family.

The center, headed by Davis, provides pregnancy tests, counseling for unwed mothers, parenting classes and other services.

The center, which does not provide or refer women for abortions, has seen more demand than ever since it completed a remodeling a year ago of its building at 304 N. Collins St., Davis said.

For ticket or sponsorship information, call the Pregnancy Care Center at (813) 759-0886 or email [email protected]

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