A pregnant lady in Louisiana claims that despite the fetus’s diagnosis of a terminal illness, she was denied access to an abortion.
According to a statement from civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who represents Davis, Nancy Davis’ unborn child was identified as having acrania, a rare congenital disease in which a fetus’s skull does not develop inside the womb, at around 10 weeks of pregnancy.
According to the Fetal Medicine Foundation, acrania is a fatal disorder that causes death within the first week of life.
The hospital allegedly decided not to conduct the abortion after Davis made the decision to have one, according to the statement.
Crump said in a statement on Thursday that the state of Louisiana “put Ms. Nancy Davis in a horrifically cruel position, leaving her with only two options: to travel to another state to end the pregnancy weeks after she made the incredibly painful decision to do so, or to carry the fetus until its inevitable death.”
Davis explained her position to CNN station WAFB earlier this month, stating that the physicians had informed her that she would “be carrying the baby to bury the baby.”
A spokesman for Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Caroline Isemann, said in a statement to CNN on Friday that the facility could not comment on a specific patient but noted that managing an unviable pregnancy is very difficult.
Isemann told the New York Times that the issue is complicated by Louisiana’s numerous abortion restrictions, each of which uses a different nomenclature. She said that the hospital was working to ensure that a clinician who terminates a pregnancy following a diagnosis of acrania is safe from punishment. “At this time, there is no guidance on which law controls,” she said.
State Sen. Katrina Jackson, the legislator who drafted the state’s abortion law, told WAFB that Davis should have been permitted an abortion based on a list of 25 specific exceptions provided by the Louisiana Department of Health.
According to Jackson, who spoke to WAFB, “This woman is seeking a medical procedure for a pregnancy that is not viable outside of the womb.”
According to Crump’s office, the law is obviously having a bad effect.
Despite what Louisiana lawmakers may claim, Crump said in a statement that the law is having the desired effect of making doctors reluctant to conduct abortions even when they are medically required out of concern for their professional reputations or legal repercussions.
According to the statement, Crump claims Davis will leave the state for the treatment.
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