Among the most successful attempts at curbing women’s access to reproductive health care has to be the prevalence of the “20-week” abortion ban. Six states already have bans in place with many more following close behind.
Arizona’s ban needs only one more vote of approval in the House before it goes to Gov. Jan Brewer (R) for signature. Georgia is expected to enact their version as well. Unfortunately if they do, we can expect to hear more tragic stories like the one from Danielle Deaver from Nebraska.
At 22 weeks into her pregnancy Deaver experienced complications. What follows is her family’s story of personal loss and the nightmare created by the politicians in the state of Nebraska. Deaver shared it in a letter to the governor of Arizona in an attempt to prevent other families from suffering like hers.
On Saturday, November 27, my water broke and there was not enough amniotic fluid for my daughter to survive. This was heartbreaking. If there was anything we could have done to save her, we would have.
What happened next should have remained a very private decision between me and my family and my doctors. As the result of a law similar to a bill considered by this state’s Legislature, a decision that should have remained mine and my husband’s at a very difficult time was decided for us — and it was decided by politicians we’d never met….
Though an infection was growing inside me, under the law I wasn’t sick enough to warrant the induction my husband and I wanted….
This is not about politics, it’s about leaving the practice of medicine up to doctors and most importantly, it’s about trusting women to make the best decisions for themselves and their families…. Please right the wrong that Nebraska did to me and stop House Bill 2036. I want my daughter’s life — and the tragic circumstances surrounding her death – to stand for something.
You can see Danielle and her husband Robb discuss their tragedy here:
We can stop other families from having to suffer needlessly like the Deaver’s. We can push back and we can win–we saw it in Idaho. But we can only win if we take action.
Photo: screenshot from above video