Senator Shares Story Of Wife’s Abortion To Underline Stakes Of Supreme Court Nomination For Women’s Health

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Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) shared in an Elle interview Monday that his wife had an abortion in the late 1980s after doctors warned she was at risk of losing her uterus and possibly dying, saying he came forward because of what is at stake with the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

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Heidi Peters was four months pregnant when her water broke, leaving the fetus without the amniotic fluid necessary to survive, and a doctor told the couple to go home to wait for her to miscarry.

It didn’t happen and when they went to the hospital the next day, the doctor recommended an abortion because the fetus would not be able to survive, despite having a faint heartbeat, however they were unable to have the procedure at the hospital because it was banned

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