An expected Louisiana woman carrying a skull-less fetus that would die within a short period of time from birth to eventually terminate her pregnancy after her local hospital refused an abortion amid uncertainty over the legality of the procedure Traveled around 1,400 miles to New York City.
Nancy Davis, 36, told the Guardian she terminated her pregnancy on September 1 after moving from her hometown of Baton Rouge to a Manhattan clinic whose staff had agreed to perform the procedure.
Davis’s trek was necessary because Louisiana outlawed abortion with very few exceptions following a US Supreme Court decision in June to end federal abortion rights, which had been established by the Rowe v. Wade ruling of 1973. . New York is among the states where abortion is legal.
Davis was about 10 weeks pregnant in late July when an ultrasound at the Women’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, revealed that the top of her fetus was missing from the skull, a rare but fatal condition known as acrania. Which kills babies within days – and sometimes minutes – of birth.
Louisiana’s abortion ban has a general exception for fetuses that cannot survive outside their mother’s wombs, and the law’s author – State Senator Katrina Jackson – has insisted that it be legal without Davis moving across the country. could have had an abortion.
But Louisiana’s list of conditions did not explicitly include acrania in justifying the exception from the state’s abortion ban. So officials at the hospital where Davis performed the ultrasound refused to provide an abortion for her, apparently for fear that they could face jail time, fines, and her license to practice if they did the procedure. may face confiscation.
“Basically… I” [would have] To take my baby to my funeral pyre,” Davis had previously said.
When Davis talked about her ordeal in the media, more than a thousand people donated nearly $40,000. online gofundme campaign For Davis to travel to a state where it was certain she could legally have an abortion. She initially planned to move to North Carolina, but during a brief telephone conversation on Tuesday, she said she ended up going to a Planned Parenthood facility in Manhattan.
Davis is only one member of a group of women or girls who have been forced to take gut-repelling action following the abolition of abortion rights nationwide.
A Florida court recently barred a pregnant 16-year-old girl from having an abortion, deeming her too immature to decide that she should have an abortion and instead require the teenager to give birth to a child.
Meanwhile, earlier this summer, a 10-year-old Ohio girl who was raped and pregnant had to travel to neighboring Indiana to terminate her pregnancy because her state banned most abortions.
Most abortions have also become illegal in Indiana as of Thursday.
Davis appeared outside Louisiana’s capitol building with civil rights attorney Ben Crump in late August and called on state lawmakers to at least clarify the wording of its abortion ban — if not repeal it outright. – so that no one else has to bear what he did. Is.
Crump said Davis – who is raising a daughter and two stepchildren with her partner – suffered “unspeakable pain, emotional damage and physical risk” because of the poorly worded law. The lawmakers, Crump said, “replaced care with illusion, politics with secrecy and choice with ideology”.
For his part, Davis said: “It [was] not appropriate for me. And this should not happen to any other woman.”