Utah woman's response about late-term abortion going viral after presidential debate
(KUTV) The hot-button issue of abortion got even more heated during the third and final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump Wednesday night.
But for a Utah woman, watching from home, the debate around pro-life and pro-choice was incredibly personal and much more complicated. Alyson Draper took to Facebook in response to Trump's comments that a ninth month abortion is "not acceptable."
"I had to have a late term abortion," Draper said on Facebook in a post that was shared almost 85,000 times in 22 hours. "It was the worst moment in my life. What made it even worse was the State of Utah had made it illegal. I had one dead twin. The other had severe Spina Bifida, and would only have lived with life support, in great pain, for a few days."
She said it was not anything like the "fear mongering" she said Trump was doing during the debate and urged others to read her post about her experience.
The response was to Trump's counter argument to Clinton's pro-choice stance. From the debate stage, as quoted by Politico, he said:
If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month you can take baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby. Now, you can say that that is okay and Hillary can say that that is okay, but it's not okay with me ... you can take baby and rip the baby out of the womb. In the ninth month. On the final day. And that's not acceptable.
Clinton, for her part, was adamant that women should make the choice to terminate a pregnancy and not the government. She supported the 1973 Supreme Court decision that disallowed many state and federal government restrictions on abortions.
In her Facebook post, which has since been shared globally on social media and by mainstream media outlets, Draper went on to explain that her own life was in danger and that her family had spoken with their religious leader. In her case, that was an LDS bishop who told her the decision to have an abortion was within the church's guidelines.
Draper, a mother of six other children, continued:
I lay on the hospital floor, bawling hysterically, for twelve hours, waiting for an ethics committee of the health care corporation to decide my case justified what had to be done. My health was in danger due to the dead fetus. My husband and I consulted our LDS Bishop, who assured me I needed to do what I had to do, that it was even within LDS guidelines to do so.
She continued in her post to describe that the abortion was done gently but was still terrible and that she was scarred by her experience.
What Trump described, she said, isn't accurate and said, "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."
Conservative Utah candidate Evan McMullin also didn't like Trump's words, but for a different reason.
He tweeted, "Why can't @RealDonaldTrump actually say the words 'I want Roe v Wade overturned?' I'm the only pro-life candidate in the race."
Each of the presidential candidates will appoint justices of the U.S. Supreme Court during their expected four-year term as president. The court currently has one vacant position. Two GOP senators, Sen. Orrin Hatch and Sen. Mike Lee, each said they will vet the next president's court nomination.
A 2013 documentary that played in Utah as part of the Sundance Film Festival depicted the realities of the four doctors in the U.S. who then performed late-term abortions in the U.S.