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Gospel Singer tells of how and why he survived an abortion

by | Dec 21, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

By now everyone who knows us knows that our family has dedicated our lives to making whatever contribution we can to making the world a safer and more hospitable place for unborn babies. So I was not surprised last week when one of my daughters sent me a link to a CNN report about actor Christian Bale who was attacked by security guards when he tried to visit Chen Guangcheng, the blind legal activist, imprisoned for four years on trumpeted up charges after he exposed China’s systematic campaign of coerced sterilization and forced abortion in Linyi City in 2005.

But I was completely caught off guard when someone I never suspected of having a pro-life bone in their body sent me a link today to a remarkable story told on the Donnie McClurkin radio show by gospel singer Fred Hammond (


Hammond tells McClurkin (also a gospel recording artist) and his audience of a conversation he had with his mother three months before she died. Out of the blue she told a stunned Fred and his daughter –“and she was crying and she was sorry”—that “‘Fred was aborted.’”  Hammond’s response, “What are you talking about?!”

His mother said, “I went to the clinic and it was illegal to do it in the 50s and 60s, and I had you aborted. And I was supposed to go home and have a miscarriage, and bring you back in a bag.”

She went home to deliver a dead baby. Two days and nothing happened. Three days.

Hammond says, “She decided to go back and said, ‘I don’t think it worked. …’ They said, ‘No, it’s still there, we’ll get it this time.’” As she laid there and they went to get the tools, she thought about what God was thinking and “she got up and ran out, putting her clothes on.”

Then Hammond explains the meaning for him. “[A]t the end of the day, when I was supposed to be discarded, and the tools came in to kill me, to crush my head or whatever you’re supposed to do, the Lord took His hand, pushed in there, and pushed me back out of the way. And they thought they got me. But at the end of the day God had a plan for a broken situation.”

McClurkin says this is the first time that “The true dynamics of how God brought Fred Hammond about” have been told. “This is not just another artist who has another gift. But this is literally someone who God has safeguarded from his inception.”

McClurkin concludes with these memorable words: “A lot of things that people think are mistakes wind up to be used by God in great ways.”

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