In a powerful new lawsuit, five women are suing the state of Texas after they were denied abortions despite facing life-threatening circumstances. This is all because of a new state law enacted after Supreme Court stumble Roe v. Wade last year.
In court documents filed Monday in state court by Reproductive Rights Center on behalf of the five women and two doctors received from NEDAThey announced:
“(Women) are denied essential and potentially life-saving obstetric care as medical professionals across the state fear liability under Texas’ ban on abortion.”
As we followed last summer The federal constitutional right to have an abortion is abolished. This allows states to ban and restrict access to abortion at will. Texas is one of thirteen states that outright ban abortion. Although they claim that prospectives can see a doctor if they are at risk of harm. New York Times On Tuesday, five women claimed they had been denied treatment because their doctors feared the possible consequences!
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The women in this case come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are married and have children. Common denominator? They made the difficult decision to terminate the pregnancy. Because their lives depend on this! Unfortunately, this is not an easy process. Because not only did their doctors fail to perform the procedure. But they also do not recommend treatment options or pass on their medical history to other providers. This puts patients at risk for bleeding and life-threatening infections.
take Amanda ZurawskiFor example, she got pregnant in early 2022 after 18 months of IVF, but at the 17th week of her pregnancy. The scan revealed that her cervical membrane had begun to sag. Experts say her unborn baby will not survive. But she later said she wasn’t “sick” enough to accept an abortion. Her papers confirmed that they would not perform the procedure until she was “very ill” or if the fetal heartbeat had stopped.
Her water finally broke. But she didn’t have a stomachache. if there is no amniotic fluid The fetus will die 100%, but because there is still a heartbeat. So she was sent home to wait. Desperate, she and her husband thought of driving to Mexico. But they were told to stay in the hospital within 20 minutes in case she went into labor. Amanda still fears lawsuits. So she stayed Unfortunately, her health rapidly deteriorated. But the docs didn’t prompt her to give birth until she was rushed to the emergency room with a sepsis. She then developed a second infection and had to undergo a blood transfusion! Oops! This experience will haunt her forever. She noted:
“Every ultrasound has to be scary. not just scary but a wound.”
due to a medical emergency Amanda got infected twice and left one fallopian tube permanently closed. She continued:
“Last time I heard my heart beating inside me. I want it to stop.”
The 35-year-old hopes her story will help advocates of abortion change their minds about these new laws, saying:
“You don’t think you’re the one who wants an abortion. Let alone having an abortion to save my life (…) If anyone reads my story I don’t care where they are on the political spectrum. Very few people would agree that there was anything positive about it.”
Lauren MillerAnother plaintiff, 35, took a different route and decided to secretly leave the state to get an abortion in Colorado on the advice of her doctor. She was expecting twins at 12 weeks. She discovered that one of the fetuses had a genetic defect called Trisomy 18, which includes a malformed brain. Impaired abdominal wall and heart Experts told her to rush to get an abortion in another state to save her life and that of her other child. She recalls:
“The feeling of packing was almost like we were escaping from Texas. Which is a very strange feeling (…) I’m from Texas. I have had Texas for generations. Here we are fleeing from Texas.”
What a heartbreaking situation while fighting for the right to truly save medical life!!
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Anna Sarkaryan Suffering from premature endometrial rupture after her water broke at just 19 weeks old, she underwent an abortion in Colorado after doctors refused to do so because her unborn baby still had a heartbeat. She feared getting pregnant again in Texas because she was told she was at high risk of experiencing complications from the same pregnancy again. Ashley Brand also faced complications with one fetus when she was expecting twins. She was able to get an elective abortion in Colorado. But then she was sent to the emergency room where she felt She was “clearly upset and confused” when she faced other complications, the lawsuit said:
“It seems like the medical staff thought they shouldn’t have known about Ashley’s abortion or talked to her.”
This made her She was “filled with fear and stress” for the rest of her pregnancy. Until she finally gave birth to a healthy baby at 38 weeks and finally 28. Lauren Hall She was 18 weeks pregnant when she discovered that her fetus lacked an undeveloped skull and brain. She was also urged to have an abortion. She hopes her story will open the eyes of those who consider themselves “professionals”, as well as many of her relatives and neighbors, who believe that serious fetal conditions are a “hole” for those who need them. abortion . She explains:
“A lot of them support this ban. But they don’t understand its size. (…) They have a very narrow idea of what a person trying to have an abortion looks like. They think they are loose people and don’t want birth control.”
While anti-abortion groups argue that restricting abortion should not harm a woman’s health. and that the law only protects what they consider abortion. “Discriminating” the plaintiffs are making BS claims about it. Although the lawsuit was not intended to overturn the ban on abortion. But asked Texas to insist that the law allows doctors to offer abortions when necessary and “where pregnancy is unlikely to result in a lifelong child.”
Texas Attorney General Name Suit Ken Paxton was a joint defendant with the State Medical Board and the Board of Directors, including the Executive Board. Stephen Brint Carlton. in email to CBS News On Tuesday, a spokesman for Paxton said he was “committed to doing everything in his power to protect mothers, families and unborn children, and that he will defend and enforce laws enacted by the Texas Legislature.” Continue.” The women did not sue their medical team for denying the procedure because they said they did their best under the circumstances. You can read more about the lawsuit here. You can still hear women talking about The “serious dangers” they face (below)
We salute them for speaking out on behalf of so many women and pregnant women in Texas and beyond! idea? Let us know (below)!
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