Ted Harvey is a Republican representative in the Colorado House of Representatives. He is also pro-life.
Though, many in society are trying to quieten Christians in the public square, Jesus told His disciples not to worry when their adversaries were attacking because the Holy Spirit would give them the words and wisdom to impact society:
14 So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; 15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute. (Luke 21:14-15 NASV)
I believe this promise was on full display in the Colorado legislature in early May.
In an article posted on Faith it, Ted shares a remarkable story of God providing him a message for the Colorado State Capital.
Just before the May 7th weekend, the House Majority Leader, a Democrat, announced the following Monday, she would sponsor a resolution honoring the 90th anniversary of Denver’s abortion giant, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.
Horrified by this, Harvey left for the weekend. That weekend Ted remembered he had agreed to attend a pro-life dinner on Saturday evening, which he didn’t want to miss.
At the event, he saw a young handicapped woman being helped to the microphone by a young man with a guitar.
After she was introduced, Gianna Jessen sang beautifully.
Harvey was shocked when he heard the story on why this woman had cerebral palsy.
When Gianna’s mother was 17, she had gone to a Planned Parenthood clinic for a late-term abortion. She was seven and half months pregnant. In this type of abortion, the abortionist inject saline into the womb to kill the baby. Hours later the burned baby is delivered dead.
But not always.
Incredibly, Gianna survived the saline abortion that is extremely painful. Specialists are now saying babies in the womb can feel pain at 22 weeks and probably earlier.
But during this brutal abortion attempt, Gianna’s air was cut off and she ended up with what today she describes as the “gift of cerebral palsy.”
“It allows me to really depend on Jesus for everything,” Gianna says on her website.
Though the doctors said she wouldn’t survive, she did and here this young woman was standing singing these powerful songs.
Harvey wondered if Gianna was God’s answer to what would be happening in the Colorado legislature on Monday morning. He approached Gianna asking her if she would be willing to join him at the State Capital.
With much fear, Gianna agreed.
Early that Monday morning God gave Ted the plan and the words for the House.
He sent a note to the speaker of the House asking if a young woman with cerebral palsy would be allowed to sing the national anthem.
The speaker agreed.
When Gianna arrived for the session, Harvey held her arm to steady her as she sang “the most amazing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner that you could possibly imagine. Every person in the entire chamber was completely still, quiet and in awe of this young frail lady’s voice.”
When she faltered with the words due to nerves, the whole house joined in to sing with her. After she was done, the House exploded in applause.
The Speaker of the House then introduced Gianna as a woman with cerebral palsy and working as an activist.
When she sat down, the House turned to its business of introducing its guests. Harvey felt he was supposed to wait to the end to introduce Gianna.
As they waited, a reporter with the Denver Post approached Gianna for an interview.
When all the other representatives had made their introductions, Harvey stood up to introduce Gianna. He told how she had been born prematurely and though doctors thought she would die, she survived.
Her mother rejected her and she went through many foster homes.
When they said she would never walk, through absolute determination Gianna learned to walk and even took weight training and today can lift 200 pounds with her legs.
The legislature applauded again.
Ted wryly noted how the House Majority Leader, the one introducing the Planned Parenthood motion, went over to speak to Gianna
After the applause died, Ted then asked for a moment to explain why Gianna had cerebral palsy. There was dead silence as he explained in detail the botched saline abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic that Gianna survived — the very organization they were honoring today.
His message gave a real face to those being slaughtered in the abortion clinics — a gifted, vibrant woman.
The Democrats were furious. The House Majority Leader didn’t speak to him for a week.
The next day the Denver Post article headline read: “Abortion Jab Earns a Rebuke.” In the article, the majority leader said, “I think it was amazingly rude to use a human being as an example of his personal politics.”