‘Friends Night Out’ with FirstChoice Clinic to feature Gianna Jessen

by Roxane B. Salonen

FirstChoice

Abortion Survivor Gianna Jessen will speak in Fargo and Bismarck in November to share her powerful story at FirstChoice Clinic’s new fall “Friends Night Out” social events.

Abortion Survivor Gianna Jessen will speak in Fargo and Bismarck in November to share her powerful story at FirstChoice Clinic’s new fall “Friends Night Out” social events. Jessen also will speak at the Devils Lake fall banquet the same week.

Her appearance will help launch FirstChoice Clinic’s new social gatherings to provide an opportunity for supporters of the mission to visit, meet staff, hear a great speaker, and enjoy delicious appetizers.

Starting in 2018, FirstChoice Clinic’s annual spring fundraising banquets for Fargo and Bismarck will be moved to the fall. Rather than waiting 18 months between events to connect with friends, the organization has added a fun fall evening this year.

The Devils Lake “Every Life is a Gift” banquet will take place as it has traditionally in the fall, from 7 to 9 p.m., Nov. 9, at the Devils Lake Knights of Columbus Hall. The Fargo event will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Bismarck will host its evening Nov. 7 at the Ramkota Hotel.

“Moving to the fall lines up with the original Devils Lake banquet event and helps us to balance our bigger events throughout the year and have a condensed banquet season for all three clinics,” says FirstChoice Clinic Executive Director Angela Wambach.

Keynote of all three events, Gianna Jessen powerfully represents the face of the abortion culture. In speaking about her survival of a saline abortion her mother sought, she conveys the possibilities of overcoming obstacles.

Two months premature and weighing just two and a half pounds, Jessen spent her first months of life in a hospital, eventually entering the foster care system. Calling herself “God's girl,” she notes that the failed abortion provided her the “gift” of cerebral palsy. “It allows me to really depend on Jesus for everything.”

It also labeled her a hopeless case, an infant who was a ward of the state and for whom the expectations of achievement were extremely low. Doctors predicted Jessen would never even lift her head. But by age three, she began walking and now has grown into a woman who has run marathons.

Since 2012, she has spoken to millions. In September 2015, Jessen testified at a U.S. Congressional hearing investigating Planned Parenthood’s practices regarding fetal tissue donation, following the undercover videos controversy.

While the obstacles she’s overcome have provided information to many, Jessen also has become a living, breathing face to the horrors of abortion. She’s one of the rare survivors who speaks for those who can’t speak for themselves.

FirstChoice Clinic is a nonprofit, faith-based clinic that provides education and health services to empower individuals to make healthy, life-affirming choices. It accomplishes this within the context of its “three sites one mission;” a main clinic in Fargo, as well as its satellite locations in Bismarck and Devils Lake.

To register for any of these events, in Fargo or Devils Lake, contact Mona at mona.franck@firstchoiceclinic.com or (701) 237-5902 or in Bismarck, Shelle at shelle@firstchoiceclinic.com or (701) 751-4575.