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Amy, 37

A close family member of mine became pregnant after a couple of years of trying in her late 20s.  She and her husband, as well as the rest of the family, were thrilled.

Then, at 20 weeks, after planning a shower and picking names, a scan revealed that the fetus had something referred to as Eagle Barrett syndrome, which generally means that infants with the syndrome are either stillborn or die within the first few weeks of life from severe lung or kidney problems, or a combination of birth problems.

My sister had to make the agonizing decision to have a late term abortion. She felt strongly that aborting the fetus was the most humane and kind thing to do for her baby.  The process takes 2 days- so, 2 visits to a clinic (one of the only ones to perform this procedure within her state of residence at the time), with a stay in a hotel over night, after a long drive.

In addition to the physical and emotional pain she endured b/c of the loss of her baby, she also had to drive past people carrying signs calling her a "baby killer" and exhorting her to repent for her sin.  Those people have no idea of what the individual woman's decision is, and they don't care.  Because of their simplistic worldviews, they can't (until, perhaps, they're actually confronted with a choice like my sister's, God forbid), empathize enough with other humans to understand that no one would make such a decision without truly considering their needs and the needs of their family.

And since then, she has had to listen to press coverage of members of Congress, Senators, right-wing zealots and others referring to what she had to have as a "partial birth" abortion. 

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