“but I had a friend, a Christian lady, who had to have an abortion on medical grounds.”
Exceedingly rare for that to occur. Most of the time the womans body will reject the baby if its harming her. As one doctor/congressman said “in 20 years of delivering babies I have never seen this happen”.
Well, I do not know the exact circumstance, as she had moved to another town and I was in not in direct contact with her at the time. And it is not, after all, the kind of thing you pry into. Something had gone wrong somewhere with the feotus -it was diseased/not developing properly - something like that. The doctors advised her it would have to be terminated. Don’t know at what stage. I know she was really upset. She got over it - there was no permanent damage - she has three kids now, but I know she was really traumatised.