- Category : 1977-births
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Penetration 1
American anti-abortion activist who was born after a failed saline abortion attempt. The 2011 film October Baby was loosely based on Jessen's life.
Jessen was delivered alive in an abortion clinic about 18 hours after her 17-year-old mother was injected with saline solution. The birth mother was seven months pregnant at the time. When Jessen was delivered, the doctors believed she would not be able to walk or even sit up by herself, and she suffers the effects of cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. She was placed in foster care and at the age of 17 months sent to the home of a woman in her 50s. This woman's daughter adopted Jessen at age 3, the year she began to walk.
Since her 20s Gianna Jessen gives talks about the dangers of this abortion procedure. Highly religious, she believes a miracle from God saved her and propels her to do her work, working with the pro-life movement in its fight to ban abortions.
Gianna Jessen appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee's hearing on H.R. bill #4292, the "Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2000" on 20 July 2000 to give her personal testimony.