“I realized I could either do nothing and he would suffocate, or I could terminate and he would basically go to sleep and never wake up. I had an abortion because I loved my baby.” – Katie

On October 3rd, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would criminalize abortion at or after 20 weeks. Trump has said that he would sign it into law and as of yesterday, his administration has expressed that they strongly support the bill. The Senate has yet to vote on the bill.

Before the Senate votes, I’d like to remind the GOP and its constituency of the following:

Abortion is not a subject taken lightly by any woman who faces the necessity of having the procedure.  The experience can be terrifying, heart-breaking, the cause of clinical depression, or any combination of these and so much more.  There isn’t a woman alive who has ever said, “I look forward to having an abortion.”

Just because a woman can have an abortion doesn’t mean that she wants to. It appears that those who are anti-choice believe that it’s an easy decision for women. I’ve never carried a child, but I do know terminating a pregnancy would be by far the most difficult choice of my life. In our current political climate, I have actually come to fear it. What if my only options are to terminate or have a child with a severely low chance of survival?  Equally horrific is giving birth to a child with a high likelihood of existing, painfully, but not living; not living a life even close to what you imagined for him or her?  The stories of Jane and Katie (in the link below) are proof that abortions, particularly late-term abortions, simply can’t be taken lightly by a sentient person.

These women’s stories prove that sometimes that choice, the one you thought you’d never have to make, will still find you.

It isn’t too late to contact your Senator.

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