When I was 42 years old, I found out that my husband had been unfaithful. I found out because he brought an STD home with him. As a result, I required surgery. I found out that I was pregnant with our third child at the same time I discovered I had a disease.
My ob-gyn told me I needed to terminate the pregnancy before he could operate. He told me that my life was at risk. He also told me the baby would probably be deformed if I didn't have the surgery. It was a catch 22 situation according to him.
So the abortion and surgery were done while I was still in the OR. Mercifully, I was not awake for this ordeal. I wouldn't have survived it if I was. It wasn't something I wanted to do. I was heartbroken, but I felt I wasn't given a choice. I had two other children to take care of.
I have been blessed in many ways since, but I will never forget and I will never be completely healed. I know when my baby would have been born , and I regret that he didn't have a chance to meet his family and know our love.
I believe my rights were violated by my doctor. I really wasn't given much of a choice. I now believe that I should have had a right to have the surgery even though I was pregnant. Everything that could be done to protect my baby during the surgery should have been done. If I lost the baby naturally then so be it. I would still be heartbroken, but I wouldn't be responsible for taking my child's life.
If abortion wasn't legal, the doctor would have had to do everything possible to save my life and the life of my child.