Thousands of people from across the UK attended the March for Life in London on Saturday to celebrate people who have survived abortions and ask the government to not make terminations any easier.
The march comes as pro-choice campaigners increase pressure on Westminster to introduce abortion on demand in Northern Ireland and to make changes to abortion legislation in England and Wales.
The march finished in Parliament Square where the crowd was addressed by a line-up of keynote speakers including abortion
survivor Melissa Ohden and president of Culture of Life Africa Obianuju Ekeocha
Melissa Ohden, speaking to the crowd in Parliament Square, said: "I am standing here with you today as a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a Master's level prepared social worker, and yes, as an abortion survivor.
"You would never tell by looking at me today, but 41 years ago, I survived a 'failed' saline infusion abortion.
"In my work as the founder of The Abortion Survivors Network, I have had contact with 286 other abortion survivors, including five from the U.K. four of whom are still alive today.
"Despite the miracle of my survival, the doctor's prognosis for my life was initially very poor.
"My adoptive parents were told that I would suffer from multiple disabilities throughout my life.
"However, here I am today, perfectly healthy. Whether I had lived with the expected disabilities or not, my life still deserved to be protected and respected, I still was worthy of the love that my family freely offered.
Posted by Amanda Hopkins
Extract from https://www.premier.org.uk