Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Woman forced to watch her baby die due to anti-abortion law

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Abortion: My Mind, My Body, My Choice
Apparently not.

Here’s a horrible little story that perfectly encapsulates the argument that prohibiting women from receiving proper reproductive care (in which abortion undeniably plays a critical role) is as far from “pro-life” as it’s possible to get:

A Nebraska woman said she was denied the ability to end her non-viable pregnancy because of state law.

In Nebraska, abortions after 20 weeks are banned based on the disputed notion that fetuses can feel pain.

Danielle Deaver, of Grand Island, told The Associated Press that she was about 22 weeks when she learned that she wouldn't be able to carry the pregnancy to term and that her child would die soon after birth.

Deaver said her doctors told her she'd have to go into labor naturally because they couldn't medically induce her because of state law.

Deaver gave birth Dec. 8 to a baby girl that died 15 minutes later.

Deaver said the delay caused by the law added to her grief.

No shit.

This is what laws passed by demagogic ideologues and based on pseudo-scientific bullshit invariably lead to. And anti-abortionists somehow manage the gall to pretend that their actions protect the “sanctity of life”. What a sick joke.

(via @zeldman)