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I was 24 weeks and was just told that my daughter’s spinal cord was growing on the outside of her body, and it was so bad that it was swelling in her brain.

They said that she would not survive the rest of the pregnancy or would pass on as I was giving birth to her. With all the toxins throughout my body they were concerned for my life. I wasn’t.

To anyone out there who feels this is a political issue has never had this happen to them. This is not a political issue at all. This is a medical issue and needs to be handled in the most delicate way possible.

Diana H.
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NARAL Member

They talk about a choice. It was not my choice. If it were my choice, I would’ve easily given up my life for hers. But in the end I had to give her life up and save my own. I still suffer with that today. It has change my life dramatically. From that moment on I have never been the same. I am constantly wondering if I made the right decision and if she truly was sick. Something I will never know until the day I finally meet her. To anyone out there who feels this is a political issue has never had this happen to them. This is not a political issue at all. This is a medical issue and needs to be handled in the most delicate way possible. It is a medical decision. It is what happened to me. To my family. To her.

Her name would have been Bella. Her birthday would have been July 9th, 2003. There is not one day that goes by when I do not think of her and wish that things were different.

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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