Wendy Davis writes in a new campaign memoir in the 1990s she had two abortions, including one where the fetus had developed a severe brain abnormality.
However, Davis reveals that one of these so called “abortions” was the result of an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is when an embryo implants itself in the fallopian tubes or somewhere other than the uterus. The embryo is not viable and the pregnancy is considered a medical emergency that requires immediate surgery. This procedure is not performed in an abortion clinic, it is only performed in hospitals.
I asked a licensed medical physician “How the procedure for ectopic pregnancies could be referred to as an abortion?”
An ectopic pregnancy is not a viable fetus and must be removed to save the mother’s life. The fetus cannot survive where it has implanted and must be removed or the mother will bleed to death. No medical professional calls the removal of an ectopic pregnancy an abortion. Nobody. We call it a laparoscopy or laparotomy for removal of an ectopic pregnancy. It is not an abortion.
To label survivors of ectopic pregnancies as women who have had abortions is incredibly offensive to all those grieving women who WANTED their pregnancy.
Abortion is a choice.
Wendy Davis calls her ectopic pregnancy an abortion purely out of political expediency and not based in any medical knowledge. It is a tragedy that women DO NOT CHOOSE. Shame on Wendy Davis for using others’ trauma for her self-serving political tool.