Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after
surviving the attempt to end her life and being born alive at approximately
six 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/sexual assault counseling,
and child welfare.
Melissa was formerly a College Outreach Speaker with Feminists for
Life, traveling to college campuses to share her story while advocating
for resources and supports for pregnant and parenting college students
and advocating for the rights of the unborn.
In 2011, Melissa was named Patron of Real Choices Australia, after
her first tour of Australia prompted widespread awareness of Melissa’s
positive message and life’s work. Melissa will continue to
work with Real Choices Australia and organizations across Australia to
ensure that women and men are provided real choices and supports that
are life-affirming, while sharing the true reality of abortion with others
and working to save the lives of children just like her.
Melissa is the Founder and Director of For Olivia’s Sake, an
organization which seeks to peacefully raise awareness of the intergenerational
impact of abortion on men, women, children, families, and communities.
The birth of Olivia, her first child, in 2008, prompted Melissa to found
For Olivia’s Sake.
Painfully aware that Olivia would not have come into existence if the
abortion would have succeeded in ending her life, Melissa felt driven
to create this organization that would positively raise awareness of
the ripple effect of abortion across generations.
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. Melissa’s
story is one about the beauty of God’s grace in our lives, about
the power of love, about the hope for joy and healing in the midst of
grief and loss,and about 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.