Wednesday 23 August 2017

'The most wanted and planned pregnancy ever' - Woman’s late-term abortion story goes viral after Trump comments

Alyson Draper
Alyson Draper
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

The tragic story of a woman’s late-term abortion story has gone viral after she shared it on Facebook in response to Donald Trump’s claims about abortion.

Donald Trump promised to appoint pro-life judges to “overturn Roe V Wade” at the final Presidential Debate on Tuesday. He claimed that Hillary’s Clinton’s views on abortion would mean that “in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby."

In response, Alyson Draper, a lawyer and mother of six from Utah, shared her story.

“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, and would only have lived with life support, in great pain, for a few days.

“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 fetus.

“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,” Ms Draper’s post said.

“Nobody is tearing babies apart in late term. They are always humanely done, only in situations where there is a non-viable or severely defective fetus and/or the mother's health is at risk.

“Please don't vote for a candidate or a party that would make these decisions for the women who will die or be forced to carry unviable fetuses to term. This is a decision that is so painful and so terrible. Only the parents of the baby and a physician should be involved in the decision,” she continued.

“This was the most wanted and planned pregnancy ever,” Ms Draper told BuzzFeed Health today.

“We wanted to do anything we could to save this baby, but the doctors told us there was no hope, and carrying it to term was a hazard to my own health. I wanted this baby so badly that I would’ve gladly gone to term and risked my own life if there was any chance the baby would live.”

Since Ms Draper posted her story yesterday, it has been shared over 100,000 times.

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