A US senator is sharing her abortion story.
Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mix., Told Elle magazine in an interview published Monday about how an abortion may have saved his first wife’s life.
Peters, who is running for re-election for a second term in the Senate, said in interviews that he is speaking out because he worries that President Donald Trump’s nomination of Supreme Court judge, Amy Connie Barrett, may be confirmed. In the court of Roh v. Wade.
The senator said that in Detroit in the late 1980s, his first wife, Heidi, was pregnant with their second child, a child they had longed for.
She was four months pregnant when her water was broken. The loss of amniotic fluid meant that the fetus could not survive, Peters said.
The couple were advised to go home and wait for a natural abortion. When this did not happen, they returned to the hospital the next day. The fetus had a faint heartbeat, but the doctor recommended an abortion because there was no chance that he would survive.
But as the hospital did not allow abortions, the doctor naturally sent the couple home again to wait for the miscarriage.
Then, this did not happen, and when the couple went back to the hospital on the third day, the doctor said that without a miscarriage, Heidi was in danger of losing her uterus or died if she became septic.
The doctor’s appeal to the hospital board to allow abortion was turned down.
“I still remember clearly that he left a message on the answering machine saying, ‘He refused to allow me, not based on good medical practice, only based on politics. I immediately gave you another It is advised to find a doctor who can do this procedure quickly. ‘ “Peters told the magazine.
The couple was able to take Heidi to another hospital for abortions.
In a statement, Heidi told Elle, “If it were not for immediate and critical medical care, I could have lost my life.”
“This is a story of how gut-wrenching and complex decisions can be related to reproductive health,” said Sen. Peters.
“It’s important for people to understand that these things happen to people every day,” he said. “I have always liked myself and I believe that women should be able to make these decisions themselves, but when you live it in real life, you realize the significant impact it has on the family. “
Peters’ challenger in the election, Republican John James, has publicly stated his opposition to abortion. He called Roe v. Tweeted the anniversary on the 2018 anniversary. Wade decided, “I am 100% #ProLife because I believe life begins at conception and ends at a natural death. We will not stop fighting until we end abortion.”
The James campaign told NBC News that the candidate allows abortions to save the mother’s life, but declined to elaborate on the candidate’s status on abortion rights, pointing to public statements by James Gave a statement against abortion. In 2018.
Barrett, in a confirmation hearing before the Senate this week, Roe v. Wade refused to give his views. In 2006, she participated in a newspaper advertisement that called for reversing the decision and ending her “barbaric” legacy.
“This is an important moment for reproductive freedom,” Peters told Elle.