MADISON Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Pro-choice protesters gathered in Madison this weekend worried about the future of abortion in Wisconsin. Among those at that rally were Ali and her husband Alex Peaslee. Ali is a nurse who experienced an abortion.
Ali and Alex Peaslee can comfort and hold their third child Archie, but they can only hold a teddy bear representing their first-born Adam.
“I never wanted to have an abortion. That was never something I thought I would do,” said Ali Peaslee.
At twenty-one weeks. An ultrasound showed Adam had a heart defect and several abnormalities. Doctors said he would not survive childbirth or the necessary open-heart surgeries.
“Coming home from the hospital and seeing the crib that I had set up knowing that that was never going to get used it just hurt so much,” said Alex Peaslee.
They were too far along for an abortion in Wisconsin. So, Ali and Alex had to find a hospital in Chicago. Ali says it was the hardest decision she’s ever made, but she would do it again.
“Because I would risk my entire life of having pain and trauma in me to protect my children and protect my kid who would’ve suffered. I would take all of that on, so he doesn’t have to suffer,” said Ali Peaslee.
She says the leaked supreme court opinion threatens a choice that should be hers, and hers alone.
“You can’t pick and choose which abortions you allow. You can’t say, ‘that one! It sounds like we should let that one happen, but we can’t let this one happen.’ that’s not how it works,” said Ali Peaslee.
“It’s unacceptable that people’s opinion on this gets to determine people’s right to their own healthcare. It just makes me very sad that it’s such a political issue when it’s a healthcare issue,” said Alex Peaslee.
Ali wants Adam’s story to make a difference.
“I want people to ask me about my abortion that’s why my sign says that. Talk to me about my abortion. I want people to know that I am a mother, I have a family, and I am a nurse. I’m a kind person who was in a really crappy situation. We needed to be allowed to make our decision to do this,” said Ali Peaslee.
The Peaslee’s say they’ll always celebrate Adam and share his memory with his brothers. Ali and Alex say the process would’ve been less traumatic if they could’ve completed the procedure with their regular health care providers in Wisconsin.