Sen. Gary Peters for the first time opened up about his personal experience with abortion in an Elle interview published Monday. 

Gary Peters wearing a suit and tie: U.S. Senator Gary Peters speaks after touring the TCF Center alternate care facility on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Detroit.

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U.S. Senator Gary Peters speaks after touring the TCF Center alternate care facility on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Detroit.

The Michigan Democratic incumbent shared details of the abortion his then-wife underwent in her second trimester to save her life. Peters went public with the story as his re-election campaign continues and Senate hearings begin for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. 

In the 1980s, Peters first wife, Heidi, was four months pregnant with their second child when her water broke, leaving the fetus without amniotic fluid, Peters told the magazine. Doctors told them to wait for a miscarriage to naturally occur but that didn’t happen. 

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“It’s a story of how gut-wrenching and complicated decisions can be related to reproductive health, a situation I went through with my first wife,” he told Elle.

The two went to the hospital the next day where the doctor recommended an abortion because the fetus had no chance of survival, but it wasn’t an option because of the hospital’s policy banning the procedure, according to Elle. The couple was told to wait again for a miscarriage.

“The mental anguish someone goes through is intense trying to have a miscarriage for a child that was wanted,” Peters told the magazine.

Heidi’s health deteriorated and when they went

Studies reveal shrinking access to and increased costs of health care coverage for many in the U.S. And analysts worry about 2022 insurance premiums.

Roll Call:
Health Care Rates For 2021 Stable, But 2022 May Bring Challenges

A drop in health care costs is projected to keep insurance rates low in 2021, but long-term worries about the COVID-19 pandemic are raising concerns about potential spikes in future years. Final rate increases in the individual market are under 5 percent in places like Idaho, the District of Columbia and Minnesota. Several states, including Hawaii and Oregon, are even expecting price drops. (Clason, 10/8)

Fewer children are insured —

The New York Times:
Even As The Economy Grew, More Children Lost Health Insurance

The share of children with health coverage in the United States fell for the third consecutive year in 2019, according to census data, after decades of increases. The decline occurred during a period of economic growth — before the coronavirus pandemic caused broad job losses that might have cost many more Americans their health insurance. (Sanger-Katz and Goodnough, 10/9)

Houston Chronicle:
Texas Leads Nation In Uninsured Kids

One in seven children in Harris County were uninsured in 2019, one of the highest rates in the country and almost triple the national average, according to a report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. (Wu, 10/9)