Abortion Story #373: An OB/GYN’s later abortion

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The excerpt below is from Jenifer’s experience. She opens up about ending a wanted pregnancy after learning about a severe fetal anomaly. Jenifer discusses her abortion as a mom, an obstetrician/gynecologist, and as a woman who faced a very personal decision. Read her full essay that was published by ScaryMommy.

Note: On January 29, the US Senate is expected to vote on a proposal to ban abortion after 20 weeks, with limited exception. The legislation, S. 2311, was introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Its companion bill has already been approved by the US House of Representatives; consequently, Senate passage could mean it could quickly be signed into law. Read more about this kind of ban from Planned Parenthood and Rewire News. Consider calling or emailing your two senators by Monday to urge they reject this bill. Look up their contact information at Senate.gov.

“…We ultimately decided we couldn’t bring a baby into the world to suffer in the way that we knew our daughter would. When we get pregnant, we imagine lives for our children – lives that will inevitably include some amount of pain, of suffering, because that is just how life is. But knowingly bringing my daughter into the world for this life felt inhumane.

We had connections. We were able to start the termination process the next day – technically meeting the 24 hour waiting period mandated by law in our state. I got my mandatory counseling, which, among other things, told me that I had access to prenatal care, that the baby’s father was required to provide financial support – so irrelevant, and so insensitive in our case…”

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