One Louisiana Woman carrying a fetus with a fatal congenital disorder was forced to travel more than 2,200 km to New York to get a abortion after doctors at her local hospital refused to perform the procedure for fear they would be prosecuted under their state’s vague law.
Nancy Davis, 36, discovered about 10 weeks into her pregnancy in late July that her unborn child had a rare condition called acrania, which prevents a fetus’ skull from forming in the womb. Follow Fetal Medicine Foundation, a diagnosis of acrania is considered fatal for the baby and usually results in death within a week of birth. Sometimes death can happen in minutes.
Davis’ doctors advised her to have an abortion to avoid “physical and emotional harm” during her full-term pregnancy because its chances of survival were practically nil.
The pregnant American woman was issued a ticket stating that the fetus was considered the second passenger on the carpool lane
But when she tried to have an abortion in her home state of Louisiana, she was left with nothing but closed doors.
When the US Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade precedent, which previously guaranteed federal access to abortion, triggered legislation in Louisiana that immediately made abortion illegal in the state.
People can still have an abortion in Louisiana if their fetus cannot survive ectopic, but the state’s abortion ban does not list acrania as one of the conditions that allow mothers to get an exception.
Based on GuardiansState senator and author of Louisiana’s abortion ban, Katrina Jackson, stressed that Davis may have legal abortions in her state, but the medical providers Davis spoke to are unlikely. sure so.
After an ultrasound showed that Davis’s fetus had not yet developed a skull, she asked doctors at her hospital to provide an abortion service. They refused, fearing that they would face jail time, fines and have their medical licenses stripped if they had the procedure done.
“They basically said I had to hold my baby to bury my baby,” Davis said in a press conference at the end of August.
Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents Davis, criticized state lawmakers for the “inhumane” treatment of his client.
“Thanks to the actions of the Louisiana legislator, Ms. Davis did not get the medical care to do what the doctor said needed to be done, terminate the pregnancy. By imposing themselves between Miss Davis and her doctors, Louisiana legislators have caused indescribable pain, emotional trauma and physical risk to this beautiful mother,” he said.
“They replace concern with confusion. Privacy versus politics. Choices with ideology”.
Davis and Crump are calling for the repeal of Louisiana’s abortion ban, or at least for the wording of the law to be clarified.
“This is not fair to me and it should not happen to any other woman. This is really an emotional roller coaster ride,” Davis said.
After Davis told the media about her ordeal, over a thousand people donated more than $40,000 to her online. GoFundMe . Campaign to help her travel for an abortion. She originally planned to have the procedure in North Carolina but ended up having to go to the Planned Parenthood facility in Manhattan.
Davis was just one of many forced to take tough measures after Roe’s lawsuit against Wade was dropped.
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In mid-August, a Florida court blocked a 16-year-old girl from having an abortion, ruling that she’s not “mature” enough to have an abortion and ask her to give birth to a baby.
In July, one 10-year-old girl from Ohio was forced to cross state lines to have an abortion after she was raped and impregnated because of her state’s “fetal heartbeat” law, which prohibits most abortions after six weeks.
The girl who had an abortion in Indiana, a state that recently passed First new abortion ban since Roe v. Wade was abolished. The new law, expected to go into effect on Thursday, will ban most abortions, with the exception of rape, incest and serious medical emergencies.
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