Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters opened up about his experience with abortion in an interview with Elle Magazine, becoming the first sitting United States senator to do so.
In the 1980s, Peters’ wife at the time, Heidi, was four months into her pregnancy when her water broke, leaving the fetus without the anatomic fluid necessary for its survival. Their doctor told them to go home and wait for a natural miscarriage, he told Elle.
The miscarriage, however, never happened. When the couple returned to the hospital the following day, the doctor recommended an abortion, though it violated the hospital’s no-abortion policy. As a result, they were sent home again, Peters said.
When they returned three days after Heidi’s initial diagnosis, her health had deteriorated, and her doctor recommended an abortion as soon as possible. Without one, she risked losing her uterus and her life, Peters told Elle.
My story is one that’s tragically shared by so many Americans.
It’s a story of gut-wrenching and complicated decisions — but it’s important for folks to understand families face these situations every day.https://t.co/VA3VDbjWrO
— Gary Peters (@GaryPeters) October 12, 2020
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