In a Facebook post that has been shared over 20,000 times, Utah resident Alyson Draper emphatically wrote,
I HAD A LATE TERM ABORTION. IT IS NOTHING LIKE DESCRIBED BY TRUMP. PLEASE DON'T BASE YOUR VOTE ON THE FEAR MONGERING HE IS DOING. PLEASE READ MY EXPERIENCE:
Draper published her story on Facebook shortly after the end of the third presidential debate, a debate during which Donald Trump said late-term abortions allow people to "rip the baby out of the womb" on "the final day."
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton discuss late-term, partial-birth abortion during #debatenight https://t.co/R5o6Y66ZjR — PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) October 20, 2016
That, of course, is not true. And Draper went out of her way to illustrate that, even if it required telling a not-so-pleasant story.
I had to have a late term abortion. It was the worst moment in my life.
According to her post, the situation that led to the Utah woman's late-term abortion was a complicated one.
Draper was supposed to give birth to twins, but one of them was dead and the other had a "severe" spinal defect that Draper said would require the baby to live on life support for a matter of days.
The fact that Utah made late-term abortions illegal only further complicated matters.
My health was in danger due to the dead fetus. My husband and I consulted our LDS [Church of Latter Day Saints] Bishop, who assured me I needed to do what I had to do, that it was even within LDS guidelines to do so. He reminded me I had six kids at home who needed their mother to live.
Ultimately, the late-term abortion was done via C-section. Draper described it as a "terrible" and "horrific" experience that left her psychologically scared.
I developed PTSD for which I had to be treated for years, mostly because of the fact I had to have it at all.
In the end, Draper wanted to push across a message that asserted two things: Such decisions are painful and delicate, and they should only be left to the woman.
No woman should have to have the state have a say in the most painful decision she will ever make. Nobody is tearing babies apart in late term. They are always humanely done, only in situations where there is a non-viable or severely defective fetus and/or the mother's health is at risk.
You can read her full post below.