Mum shares heartbreaking story of her late-term abortion.
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Alyson Draper shared her heartbreaking story of going through the trauma of a late-term abortion, shares The Mirror.
Alyson, who’s in her 40s, from Utah, US, wanted to break the mistruths being peddled by presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
During the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday, October 19, Republican candidate Donald Trump made a shocking claim about late-term abortions.
Trump said earlier this year that if abortion were illegal, women should “face some sort of punishment” for having one. When Clinton criticized him for that comment in the debate on Wednesday night, Trump fired back with the misleading claim that Clinton supports abortions “on the final day” of pregnancy.
“If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother,” Trump said. “Just prior to the birth of the baby. You can say that that’s OK, and Hillary can say that that’s OK, but it’s not OK with me.”
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The mum explains in her story that her abortion was necessary and at the advice of medical experts.
“I HAD A LATE TERM ABORTION. IT IS NOTHING LIKE DESCRIBED BY TRUMP. PLEASE DON’T BASE YOUR VOTE ON THE FEAR MONGERING HE IS DOING. PLEASE READ MY EXPERIENCE.”
Alyson shares, “I had to have a late term abortion. It was the worst moment in my life. What made it even worse was the State of Utah had made it illegal.”
“I had one dead twin. The other had severe Spina Bifida. It was so bad that his brain had developed outside his head, and his spine was open clear to the lumbar level. There was ZERO hope, and no medical miracle that could save him. Our dreams were shattered. These twins were from IVF. I was forty, and there would be no more pregnancies. Below is a photo of a baby with the same defect mine had. Additionally, mine had his spine open to the outside clear to his waist.”
“I lay on the hospital floor, bawling hysterically, for twelve hours, waiting for an ethics committee of the health care corporation to decide my case justified what had to be done. My health was in danger due to the dead f0etus. My husband and I consulted our LDS Bishop, who assured me I needed to do what I had to do, that it was even within LDS guidelines to do so. He reminded me I had six kids (a blended family) at home who needed their mother to live.”
“The abortion was terrible. It was done very gently, by Caesarean section, leaving the babies in their amniotic sacs. The living baby passed very quickly.
It was horrific. I think it even affected my dear physician, as he had never had to end a pregnancy before. I developed PTSD for which I had to be treated for years, mostly because of the fact I had to have it at all.”
“No woman should have to have the state have a say in the most painful decision she will ever make. Nobody is tearing babies apart in late term. They are humanely done, only in situations where there is a non-viable or severely defective foetus and/or the mother’s health is at risk.
Since I posted this, many have said “That wasn’t an abortion.” Yes, it was. In simple terms and in this case, “Abortion” means “to remove a foetus from the uterus.” “Abortion” is not a specific procedural method. Even a miscarriage is called a “Spontaneous Abortion.”
Others have said, “Your situation wasn’t typical.” Yes, it was very typical. Women don’t have abortions in late term for convenience. There are outliers, to be sure. But my case, one of medical necessity, is typical.”
Alyson – a devout Christian and follower of the Church of Latter Day Saints – says that doctors told her that her own life would be at risk if she continued with the pregnancy. Alyson has six children from previous marriages.
She explains that she also took advice from her bishop, who supported her decision to terminate.
Alyson suffered immensely throughout the pregnancy. She says that the government should not decide something so personal.
Alyson adds that her procedure “was the worst moment in my life” and notes that the fact the State of Utah has made the operation illegal “made it even worse” – and much harder to go through and have finalised.
Her post has received over 146K shares and 19K comments.
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