A United States senator is sharing her abortion story.
Senator Gary Peters, D-Mich., Told Elle magazine in an interview published Monday how an abortion may have saved the life of his first wife.
Peters, who is running for re-election for a second term in the Senate, said in the interview that he is speaking out because he is concerned that confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court candidate, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, may result. in the massacre of the court Roe v. Wade.
The senator said that during the late 1980s in Detroit, his first wife, Heidi, was pregnant with their second child, a baby they longed for.
She was four months pregnant when her water broke. The loss of amniotic fluid meant the fetus could not survive, Peters said.
The couple was advised to go home and wait for a miscarriage. When that didn̵
But because the hospital did not allow abortions, the doctor sent the couple back home to wait for a natural abortion.
Again, that didn’t happen, and when the couple returned to the hospital on the third day, the doctor said that without an abortion Heidi would risk losing her womb or die if she became septic.
An appeal to the hospital board by the doctor to allow an abortion was rejected.
“I still vividly remember leaving a message on the answering machine saying,” They refused to give me permission, not on the basis of good medical practice, simply on the basis of politics. I recommend that you immediately find another doctor who can quickly perform this procedure, “” Peters told the magazine.
The couple managed to take Heidi to another hospital that performed the abortion.
In a statement, Heidi told Elle: “Had it not been for urgent and critical medical attention, I could have lost my life.”
“It’s a story of how complicated and heartbreaking decisions can be related to reproductive health,” said Senator Peters.
“It is important for people to understand that these things happen to people every day,” he said. “I have always considered myself in favor of choice and I believe that women should be able to make these decisions on their own, but when you experience them in real life, you realize the significant impact it can have on a family.”
Peters’ election challenger, Republican John James, has publicly declared his opposition to abortion. He tweeted on the 2018 anniversary of the Roe vs Wade decision: “I am 100% #ProLife because I believe that life begins at conception and ends in natural death. We will not stop fighting until we end it. abortion”.
James’s campaign told NBC News that the candidate claims abortion saves mother’s life, but refused to delve further into the candidate’s position on the right to abortion, pointing to James’ public statements against abortion. in 2018.
Barrett, in confirmatory hearings in the Senate this week, declined to express his views on Roe v. Wade. In 2006, he participated in an ad in a newspaper calling for the decision to be reversed and his “barbaric” legacy to be ended.
Peters told Elle: “This is a pivotal time for reproductive freedom.”