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Woman Posts About Her Abortion At 23 Weeks, Slams Trump's Controversial Pro-life Stance

In response to US President Donald Trump’s controversial pro-life stance, a Virginia-based woman shared her heartbreaking experience of late-term abortion.

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Updated:February 8, 2017, 1:33 PM IST
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Woman Posts About Her Abortion At 23 Weeks, Slams Trump's Controversial Pro-life Stance
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In response to US President Donald Trump’s controversial pro-life stance, a Virginia-based woman shared her heartbreaking experience of late-term abortion.

Lindsey Paradiso, a wedding photographer, spoke out on Facebook and shared pictures and videos throughout her pregnancy and also posted about her experience of having a “late-term abortion” at 23 weeks.

“This is ending a wanted pregnancy,” she wrote, after reluctantly terminating the pregnancy of her daughter Omara at 23 weeks because the likelihood of her dying in the womb was so high with only one percent chance of survival.

Paradiso and her husband Matt had no option but to abort because an inoperable tumour on Omara’s neck was growing incredibly fast into her brain, lungs and heart and she wouldn’t have lived to birth.

If the couple had decided to wait past the window of a legal abortion and Omara had died in Paradiso’s womb, she would have had to continue carrying the baby’s body while her own began breaking it down, Paradiso explained.

Paradiso shared her story in the hope of stopping the government getting involved in a woman’s right to choose whether she has an abortion or not.

She wrote:

“It was not wanted. It was not a ‘way out’. It was not birth control. It was heartbreaking.

“The government does not belong here.”

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Courtesy: Facebook/Lindsey Paradiso

The couple had only learned there was a problem at 18 weeks, and if they’d continued with the pregnancy there was also a risk Paradiso would be left infertile.

“We opted to end the pregnancy early, relieve the suffering that she and our family were experiencing and deliver her through labour fully intact,” Paradiso said. “Because of this decision we were able to hold her and say good-bye.”

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She first decided to share her story after Trump “inaccurately and brutally described late-term abortion” in one of the national debates in October 2016.

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“We have to end these misconceptions,” she implores. “His words made me physically sick; having lived through a late-term abortion myself. I could not let his idiocracy go unchallenged and watch it painfully affect so many people,” she said.

“I was watching the third presidential debate and when I heard Trump say that late-term abortions were ripping babies out at nine months, I went into a full panic attack and started sobbing because I couldn’t believe people actually thought that happens, so I had to share my story and set things straight,” Paradiso told BuzzFeed Health.

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| Edited by: Gurleen Nagpal
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