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Mum shares heartbreaking story of her late-term abortion.

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A first-time mother has told of her heartbreak after having a late-term abortion.

Lindsey Paradiso, 28,  shared her story in response to the US president’s controversial comments, and said governments should stop interfering with a woman’s right to choose, reports The Mirror.

She and her husband, Matt, were forced to make the heartbreaking decision to have an abortion at 23 weeks because their daughter, Omara, was likely to die in the womb.

A tumour on the baby’s neck tripled in size as time passed and was growing all over her body, leaving her with just a 1% chance of survival.

Lindsey first revealed her heartbreak in a Facebook post that went viral after Trump discussed late-term abortions during a televised debate with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton last October.

Trump claimed doctors could “rip the baby out of the womb of the mother” just days before the due date, offending many viewers at home.

In a blog post Lindsey said Trump “inaccurately and brutally described late-term abortion” and she was left physically sick by his remarks.

Motivated to write a rebuttal, she added: “I could not let his idiocracy go unchallenged and watch it painfully affect so many people.”

She posted several photos showing the couple’s journey from the excitement of finding out she was pregnant to the heartbreak of losing their daughter.

Lindsey, a photographer from the US state of Virginia, wrote on Facebook: “This is ending a wanted pregnancy. This is late-term abortion.

“It was not wanted. It was not a ‘way out’.

“It was not birth control. It was heartbreaking.

“The government does not belong here.”

The couple decided to have an abortion because doctors told them that Omara would likely die before she reached 27 weeks.

Lindsey would be at risk of becoming infertile if the tumour grew any larger and her daughter had to be surgically removed.

She wrote on her blog: “I think oftentimes we forget that the loss of these babies doesn’t only affect the parents, but it affects their friends and family members.

“When politicians like Trump and [Vice President Mike] Pence spread their intolerance for giving women a choice, we make these very difficult situations so much more difficult for not just the mother, but everyone involved.”

Originally shared in October, her post has received over 114,000 reshares on Facebook.

Alyson Draper also shared her heartbreaking story last year of going through the trauma of a late-term abortion – read her story here.

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  • ‘The government does not belong here’.

    Last year a friend of mine in USA needed an abortion at 21 weeks when her IVF pregnancy was found to be ‘not viable’. Her choices were to carry a baby to term that would never take a breath or travel interstate for a legal abortion. She chose the abortion and had to go alone. Its hard enough to make that decision but being forced to go through it by yourself is just sickening. Then when she got home and they decided their baby journey was over she was told it was illegal for them to donate their unused embryos to scientific research or dispose of them. Her only options were storing them (at great expense) indefinitely or disposal.

    Trump and his cronies need to stay out of this one. This is not a ‘choice’ any woman makes for herself. This is only ever an unwanted situation forced upon them.

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  • A bless them, what a hard decision to make ! Such a heart aching and heart breaking experience. I hope and pray that they get all the help, council and love they need from family and friends and are able to let go of other peoples inaccurate and offending idea’s about abortion.

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  • Understand where you are coming from, but there is a flip side to this coin. Many abort late stage because they don’t want the baby, it’s not the right gender, they have changed their mind. And they are the ones who should have this termination stopped – not someone in your horrible predicament.

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  • Heartbreaking … I admire their strength and willingness to share openly. Hopefully their words and thoughts can help someone else who might be going through something similar.

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  • This is something you do not what to go through,wishing them both all the best for the future.

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  • What a devastating experience for these parents, and very brave of them to share. A valuable insight into a dreadful situation. Wishing them all the best for the future. It is a very hard decision to make as I know in 1983 I had the choice of doing this for a different health reason of my 1st daughter.

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  • So heartbreaking but I feel they made the right decision. Physically it is important to consider Lindsey’s health. Matt was involved in their mutual decision and it would have been heartbreaking for both them to have to make such a sad decision. Hopefully they will receive plenty of support from families, friends and the counselling they may need. They will go through a grieving process as other people do, including those in different circumstances.

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  • heartbreaking, devastating. I don’t think I would be strong enough to make that decision, best wishes and healing to all that loved this little one ❤

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  • What a shocking experience for this family! :-( I’m so sorry for them. They were very brave to share this experience but I really doubt that Trump will learn anything from it. :-(

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  • That would be just awful. At twenty three weeks the little darling would be a perfect human miniature

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  • I have experienced a miscarriage and know the heartache that goes with it so can only imagine the heartache that this couple must have gone through.
    Sending all my love, prayers and strength.
    RIP sweet bub ..heaven has another angel. xxx

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