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My partner and I learned at our 20 week ultrasound that our son had major heart and brain defects.

He was ultimately diagnosed with trisomy 18 and it had been missed on my prenatal screening. His life would be very short and he would have struggled to breathe and eat, and suffered tremendously. We chose to have an abortion. The required 24 hour waiting period was agony. I was lucky to be able to have the abortion at our local hospital. My doctors cared for me and ensured my baby did not suffer at all. A year later we welcomed a healthy daughter into our family. I think of my son I aborted every day and will always have a place in my heart for him. I know we made the right decision to have an abortion to prevent his senseless suffering.

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

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