UTAH, Oct. 20, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A Utah woman, angered by Donald Trump’s description of late-term abortion during Wednesday night’s presidential candidate debate, turned to social media to vent her frustration with the GOP nominee and to share her own experience with the controversial medical procedure.
Within 24 hours, Alyson Draper’s impassioned Facebook post had garnered more than 10,000 comments and close to 92,000 shares.
Draper revealed the story of her unborn twins — one dead in her womb and poisoning her body, and the other with severe birth defects that promised to be fatal.
Draper talked about consulting with the leader of her congregation, a bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and shared the advice he gave. She talked about considering the needs of her six children at home, and the years of PTSD treatment that would follow her decision.
Trump’s comments about late-term abortion included the following:
“Well, I think it’s terrible. “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 just prior to the birth of the baby.”
Read Draper’s response below:
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:
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. 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 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 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.
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