A teenager in the US has shared how she decided against abortion when she saw an ultrasound of her unborn twins.
Brooke Alexander discovered she was pregnant two days before the Texas Heartbeat Act came into effect. The law bans abortions from around six weeks except in medical emergencies.
The 18-year-old sought an ultrasound with the intent of aborting her unborn children, even if it meant travelling to another state. But upon seeing her twelve-week-old twins she chose life.
Brooke said: “Who’s to say what I would have done if the law wasn’t in effect? I don’t want to think about it.”
She had originally planned to get an abortion before the heartbeat law was enacted, but when there were no appointments available she visited a pro-life pregnancy centre where she received the ultrasound.
Who’s to say what I would have done if the law wasn’t in effect? I don’t want to think about it.
Reflecting on her decision to choose life, the 18-year-old concluded that having her children was more important than leading a different lifestyle.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that the Texas Heartbeat Act has saved thousands of lives since it was introduced in September 2021. According to a report by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, 2,197 unborn babies were killed in September, compared to 5,404 the previous month.
US Supreme Court
Last week, the US Supreme Court overturned its 1973 ruling on Roe v Wade, removing the constitutional right to abortion across America.
the 18-year-old concluded that having her children was more important than leading a different lifestyle
The historic judgment does not criminalise abortion nationally, but hands back power to individual states to legislate on the issue. Nearly half of the 50 states had legislation prepared to place restrictions on abortion in the event of such a ruling.
In the UK, abortion is permitted up to 24 weeks for most reasons but is allowed up to full-term for children deemed to have a disability.