Halsey continued, “One of my miscarriages required ‘follow-up care,’ a gentle way of saying I would need an abortion because my body would not be able to terminate the pregnancy entirely on its own and I would risk going into sepsis without medical intervention I cried. I was afraid for myself and I was helpless. I really wanted to end the pregnancy that was threatening my life.”
Medical terms for miscarriage used in billing and insurance claims include “spontaneous abortions,” “missed abortions,” and “incomplete abortions.” National Library of Medicine.
If the patient does not recover naturally from an unsuccessful pregnancy, she may be forced to wait longer, take pills to speed up the process, or undergo surgery with or without sedation. The latter two methods are also typically used in elective abortions of successful pregnancies.
“My abortion saved my life and made way for my son,” Halsey wrote. “Every human being deserves the right to choose when, if and how to have this dangerous and life-changing experience. I will hold my son in one arm and fight with the other with all my strength.”