One of the first major themes covered in Wednesday’s presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton was abortion.
Trump’s dishonest rhetoric about the controversial subject went as follows:
“Based on what she [Hillary] is saying and based on where she is going and where she has been, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month on the final day. And that’s not acceptable.”
Hillary called out Trump on his ill-educated assumptions. clarifying that late-term abortions are often made by the family when the life of the mother is in severe danger. Many women also choose to have late-term abortions because their child/ren has died in the womb.
Roe V Wade
The Democrat described her initial thoughts on abortion, and how they changed as she made the effort to learn about the realities of the procedure. She said:
“There can be regulations on abortion so long as the life and the health of the mother are taken into account. And when I voted as a senator, I did not think that that was the case. The kinds of cases that fall at the end of pregnancy are often the most heart breaking, painful decisions for families to make.”
After listening to Trump’s waffling opinions on abortion, Hillary called him out, saying:
“Using that kind of scare rhetoric is just terribly unfortunate… This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make. And I do not believe the government should be making it.”
Hillary’s Defense Not Enough
However, Hillary’s own defense of a woman’s right to choose was not enough for Utah woman Alyson Draper. Posting from Midway, UT, Draper gave an inherently open account of her own late-term pregnancy.
She opens the Facebook post in all capitals reading:
“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:”
Draper decided to have a late-term abortion as a result of the death of one of her twins within the womb. The other twin had severe Spina Bifida, and was unlikely to survive birth as the brain had developed outside of the head.
The twins were conceived under IVF treatment due to the late stage of life that Draper decided to have another child.
Draper describes how she lay on the hospital floor crying. She remained there for 12 hours as an ethics committee of the health care corporations decided whether the abortion was justified or not.
“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 – a blended family – at home who needed their mother to live.”
No Woman Should Have To Have The State Have A Say In The Most Painful Decision She Will Ever Make
Draper described the reality of her abortion, which was in harsh juxtaposition to Trump’s rhetoric:
“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.”
She went on to say:
“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.”
She ended her post with a plea against the support of Trump.
“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.”
Draper stated that she believed her physician was also very affected by the abortion. He had never ended a pregnancy before. Draper developed PSTD following the procedure, for which she has been treated for in the following years.
She left her post public, urging the public to share it. At the time of writing, it had racked up 123,000 shares, along with over 15,000 comments.
The following video consists of the portion of Wednesday’s presidential debate in which Roe V Wade is discussed in reference to abortion laws.
Featured image from YouTube video.