Halsey continued: “One of my miscarriages required ‘follow-up’, a sweet way of saying I would need an abortion because my body couldn’t completely terminate the pregnancy on its own and I would be at risk of fall into sepsis without medical intervention. During this procedure, I cried. I was scared for myself and helpless. I was desperate to terminate the pregnancy that threatened my life.
According to the National Library of Medicine, medical terms for miscarriages — used in billing and insurance claims — include “spontaneous abortions,” “missed abortions,” and “incomplete abortions.”
If the patient does not naturally achieve an unsuccessful pregnancy, she may have to wait longer, take pills to try to speed up the process, or undergo surgery with or without sedation. The last two methods are also generally used in elective abortions of successful pregnancies.
“My abortion saved my life and gave my son his own,” Halsey wrote. “Each person deserves the right to choose when, if and how they go through this dangerous and life changing experience. I will hold my son in one arm and fight with all my might with the other.”