Michigan Sen. Gary Peters becomes first sitting senator to share personal abortion experience
Michigan Sen. Gary Peters has decided to go public with a very personal story about an abortion he and his wife experienced 30 years ago. Peters became the first sitting senator in history to share his abortion story. His story comes as abortion advocates warn major cases like Roe v. Wade could be under threat should judge Amy Coney Barrett be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Beyond the politics, women’s health advocates said Peters' coming forward helps moves abortion out of the shadows for the better. Read: Peters vs. James in Michigan US Senate race: Where they stand on 6 big issuesMore: Decision 2020 election coverage
Michigan Sen. Gary Peters shares his personal abortion story
Michigan Sen. Gary Peters has decided to go public with a very personal story about an abortion he and his wife experienced 30 years ago. In an exclusive interview with Elle magazine, Peters described how he and his wife, Heidi, had to face an unwanted abortion head on when she was pregnant with their second child. When she returned to the hospital on the third day, after another night without a natural miscarriage, the doctor told her the situation was dire. With this story, Peters is the first sitting senator in U.S. history to share a personal experience with abortion. Read: Peters vs. James in Michigan US Senate race: Where they stand on 6 big issuesMore: Decision 2020 election coverage
Ann Arbor mother finds comfort, support from Facebook group after miscarriage
ANN ARBOR – After suffering a miscarriage on Sept. 29, Rubina Tahir began the seemingly impossible process that countless women have faced: coming to terms with pregnancy loss. She posted on the Ann Arbor Area Mamas Network - a nearly 9,000-member private Facebook group where local moms regularly seek advice in a safe and nonjudgmental space. “The comments and private messages just started coming in,” said Tahir. Tahir said she searched the group for past posts about miscarriage and was surprised to see that there were only a few. “We need to make it normal and we need to understand that women need to talk about this.”Her post received nearly 200 comments and she received 15 private messages soon after.