Draper posted about her experience having a “late-term
abortion” in a
Facebook status — and it’s going viral.
Draper’s status has been shared almost 80,000 times on
Draper was 40, she got pregnant with twins through in vitro
fertilization. “This was the most wanted and planned
pregnancy ever,” she told BuzzFeed Health.
The pregnancy came only 15 months after Draper said she had
another pregnancy that resulted in a stillbirth.
“Between the two of us, my husband and I had six kids at home
from our first marriage but we desperately wanted a child
together so these twins were so loved and wanted,” she said.
around 22 weeks, Draper said she learned one of her twins had
died and the other had a severe case of spina bifida which
would result in death shortly after birth.
Spina bifida is a disease that affects the development of the
spinal cord and brain, and it ranges from mild to severe.
“Our baby’s case was so severe that the entire brain was
pulled down and formed on the back, and the spine was exposed
all the way down to the lumbar vertebrae at the bottom,” she
wanted to do anything we could to save this baby, but the
doctors told us there was no hope, and carrying it to term
was a hazard to my own health,” Draper said.
Draper said she and her husband went through a series of
doctors to see if it was possible to correct the spina bifida
in utero or do anything to save the baby’s life.
“I wanted this baby so badly that I would’ve gladly gone
to term and risked my own life if there was any chance the
baby would live,” Draper said.
Draper’s health was in jeopardy and her baby had no chance of
survival after birth, doctors decided to perform an abortion
by cesarean section — which she described as “the worst
moment in her life.”
Draper and her husband made the decision along with her
physician and with the guidance of her Mormon bishop who she
said “reminded me I had six kids at home who needed their
mother to live.”
However, before the procedure could be done it had to also be
approved by an ethics committee at the hospital. “They
decided that it was in fact being done to save my life
(because the baby had no chance of survival) and not out of
convenience, which made it legal under Utah law,” Draper
said. She also said they chose the procedure that was as
gentle and humane as possible.
Trump described last night was a poorly done C-section,”
Jennifer Gunter, OB-GYN, told BuzzFeed Health. “No
physician is doing nine-month terminations, it’s ludicrous.”
to the CDC, just 1.3% of abortions happen at 21 weeks or
later. And most of those happen before 24 weeks of gestation,
“As this case shows, every situation is unique and there are
so many variables you have to take into account, so when you
start legislating things you’re taking away options and this
could lead to serious complications and unfortunate
circumstances,” Gunter said.
said she hopes her story shows why “only parents of the baby
and a physician should make this decision,” not the state.
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“I struggled with PTSD for a long time and I’ve recovered,
but when I heard Trump say those terrible things, all the
hurt and pain came roaring back,” Draper said.
“I shared my story because I wanted people to understand that
late-term abortions aren’t what Trump described, and that
women can end up in this terrible situation who desperately
wanted a baby,” Draper said.