The Real-Life Consequences of Texas' Anti-Abortion Law: One Woman's Painful Story

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[Editor's note: Over the past year states have been glibly passing laws to make it as difficult for women to end a pregnancy. No matter the danger to her own life or health. So what has been the impact of these callous and intrusive new laws? Well, in Texas, that bastion of women’s rights, we already know. If you want to really understand how pregnant women are being affected as individuals, this harrowing story by Carolyn Jones at the Texas Observer will break your heart.--Mona]

She writes:

Halfway through my pregnancy, I learned that my baby was ill. Profoundly so. My doctor gave us the news kindly, but still, my husband and I weren’t prepared. Just a few minutes earlier, we’d been smiling giddily at fellow expectant parents as we waited for the doctor to see us. In a sonography room smelling faintly of lemongrass, I’d just had gel rubbed on my stomach, just seen blots on the screen become tiny hands. For a brief, exultant moment, we’d seen our son—a brother for our 2-year-old girl.

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