I ran across a story in ThinkProgress today that gave me an initial shock.
However, reading the original story threw a few facts into the light that TP kinda neglected to mention.
Danielle Deaver of Nebraska was in her 21st week of her pregnancy while suffering from a condition which caused her to slowly lose her amniotic fluid. Needless to say, this is a serious situation that calls for some tough calls. If she couldn’t keep sufficient fluid levels in her uterus, the fetus will get delivered whether it is sufficiently developed or not.
Ms. Deaver and her husband decided they wanted to let “nature take its course”, but when events came to a head they then told her doctor to terminate the fetus’ life.
There was one small problem–Nebraska law prevents abortions after the 20th week.
The inevitable happened soon afterward. The child was delivered at 15:00, gasped for breath through lungs that lacked the development to work properly, and died at 15:15.
I was appalled.
But then I ran across other facts.
The Deavers knew about the medical situation weeks before the crisis. They also knew that any attempt to treat her condition or the child’s might result in her inability to conceive and carry another child.
When the situation got desperate and the Deavers finally decided to terminate the pregnancy, it seems that they waited until the 21st week of her pregnancy–too late for the state of Nebraska to allow the abortion. AND, the Deavers chose not to go to a neighboring state where her abortion would have been legal. (Something about it being “too stressful”.)
So when her water did finally break (week 22), their daughter was born and lived for 15 minutes, gasping for breath.
Don’t feel sorry for the Deavers. It was their own damned fault.
And I learned (again) not to swallow news stories at first gulp.