Senator Gary Peters of Michigan
Senator Gary Peters shares the ‘gut-wrenching’ story of his ex-wife’s lifesaving abortion.
Senator Gary Peters of Michigan, a Democrat facing a competitive race for re-election, on Monday became one of only a handful of members of Congress to share a personal experience with abortion.

In an interview with Elle magazine, Mr. Peters said that in the late 1980s, his wife at the time, Heidi, had an abortion at four months’ gestation because the pregnancy was not viable and her life was in danger.

Her water had broken, Mr. Peters told the magazine, leaving the fetus with no chance of survival. When she did not miscarry naturally, she became ill and was told that without an abortion, she would lose her uterus and be at risk of dying from sepsis. She had to go to a second hospital to get an abortion, Mr. Peters said, because the first hospital had an anti-abortion policy and would not make an exception.

“My story is one that’s tragically shared by so many Americans,” Mr. Peters wrote on Twitter. “It’s a story of gut-wrenching and complicated decisions — but it’s important for folks to understand families face these situations every day.”