In the face of the growing fight over reproductive rights, an Ohio mother recently told the world about her own abortion. Without it, her family wouldn’t be her today. Here is the full story.
Abortion Is Personal
Emily Savors is an Ohio resident who has been following the state’s debates over abortion rights closely.
For her, it’s all very personal.
She Had a Head Start
Back in 1997, Savors was a newlywed with a 4-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
Babies Were Easy
Savors and her new husband were eager to get started adding to their family, and they figured it would be a cinch.
She Wasn’t Worried
After all, her first pregnancy had been a breeze, so why should she ever have any troubles?
So Savors and her husband started trying to conceive, and it didn’t take too long before they got some good news.
She was pregnant, with their first child together due in March of 1998.
A Scary Situation
But then in September of 1997, Savors noticed some blood where there shouldn’t have been any.
Scared about what might be happening, she went right to her obstetrician.
The Baby Was Gone
And at the doctor’s office, Savors got the worst news she could have received in the moment.
The baby had no heartbeat.
She Needed an Abortion
While she was still reeling from that news, Savors’ OB told her that she needed to abort the dead baby right away.
It Was a Huge Risk
Even though Savors could technically continue to carry the baby, her doctor said, there was a huge risk of developing a uterine infection.
She Could Die
If the infection got bad enough, Savors might even die.
There Was No Choice
Thanks to Roe v. Wade and the reproductive rights that decision afforded women, Savors didn’t have to think about whether or not she was breaking the law.
They Needed to Heal
Instead, she had the abortion, and then she and her husband worked on healing and trying to move forward with their lives.
She Was Perfect
Eventually, several years later, they had a beautiful baby daughter.
She joined her then-9-year-old sister in a happy, healthy family.
She’s Worried About Others
But today, Savors worries that her type of happy ending might not be possible for all women in the United States.
The Supreme Court Punted
When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, they threw the fight over abortion rights back into the hands of individual states.
Some States Are Safe for Now
In some states, like Ohio, abortions continue to be legal, at least for the time being.
They Have No Options
But other states, like Texas, have banned abortions almost completely.
In those cases, it’s at least possible a young mother in the same situation Savors faced would have to risk infection and death if she didn’t want to break the law.
Even Ohio Is Murky
And even in Savors’ home state, the future of abortion rights is murky.
Buckeyes Can Decide
While the courts recently blocked a 2019 ruling that would limit abortions to the first 6 weeks of pregnancy, Ohioans will get to vote on a much broader measure in the November election.
Women’s Rights on the Line
On the table is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would permanently reinstate a woman’s right to have an abortion, up to the point of fetal viability – about 22 weeks in most cases.
Abortion Was Her Saving Grace
For her part, Savors is telling her story far and wide as she makes it clear to all who will listen that her family couldn’t even exist had it not been for the abortion she had so many years ago.
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