Sen. Gary Peters for the first time opened up about his personal experience with abortion in an Elle interview published Monday.
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.
My story is one that’s tragically shared by so many Americans.
It’s a story of gut-wrenching and complicated decisions — but it’s important for folks to understand families face these situations every day.https://t.co/VA3VDbjWrO
— Gary Peters (@GaryPeters) October 12, 2020
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