Louisiana woman who alleges she was denied abortion after fetus' fatal diagnosis says 'it should not happen to any other woman' | CNN

  
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Louisiana woman who alleges she was denied abortion after fetus' fatal diagnosis says 'it should not happen to any other woman' | CNN
A pregnant Louisiana woman who alleges she was denied an abortion despite the fetus being diagnosed with a fatal condition says other women should not have to experience her plight.

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220826113442-nancy-davis-abortion-fatal-condition.jpg?c=16x9&q=h_270,w_480,c_fill Nancy Davis, in front of microphones at a press conference on Friday, says being denied an abortion in Louisiana was "not fair to me." WBRZ CNN —

A pregnant Louisiana woman who alleges she was denied an abortion despite the fetus being diagnosed with a fatal condition says other women should not have to experience her plight.

Nancy Davis said she is planning to get an abortion in another state after a Louisiana hospital allegedly chose not to perform the procedure even though her baby was diagnosed with acrania, a rare congenital disorder in which a fetus' skull does not form inside of the womb.

Acrania is a lethal condition with death within the first week of life, according to the Fetal Medicine Foundation.

Davis' case reflects the confusion and wrenching decisions faced by mothers and health care professionals after the June 24 US Supreme Court ruling to overturn the constitutional right to an abortion.

Laws that ban abortion or severely restrict the procedure have subsequently gone into effect in about a dozen states - Louisiana among them.

"I want you to imagine what it's been like to continue this pregnancy for another six weeks after this diagnosis," Davis said at a news conference on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge. "This is not fair to me and it should not happen to any other woman."

Davis, who said she learned of the baby's fatal condition 10 weeks into her pregnancy, was joined at the news conference by the baby's father and her attorneys, including Ben Crump.

"The doctors told me that my baby would die shortly after birth," Davis said. "They told me that I should terminate the pregnancy. Because of the state of Louisiana's abortion ban they cannot perform the procedure. Basically, they said I had to carry my baby to bury my baby. They seemed confused about the law and afraid of what would happen to them if they perform a criminal abortion, according to the law."

In a statement last week, a spokesperson for Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, Caroline Isemann, said the hospital cannot comment on a specific patient but said navigating an unviable pregnancy is extremely complex.

"We look at each patient's individual circumstances and how to remain in compliance with all current state laws to the best of our ability," Isemann told CNN.

"Even if a specific diagnosis falls under medically futile exceptions provided by (the Louisiana Department of Health), the laws addressing treatment methods are much more complex and seemingly contradictory."

Crump called on the state to hold a special session of the Louisiana legislature to address the "public health catastrophe" created by "vague and confusing" abortion laws.

The attorney said Louisiana lawmakers have "inflicted unspeakable pain, emotional damage and physical risk" by stepping between his client and her doctors. He said other women and healthcare providers will endure a similar plight because state law has "created an environment of confusion and fear."

Isemann told The New York Times that Louisiana's multiple abortion bans, which use different terminology, complicate matters.

"There is currently no guidance on which law controls" the situation, she said, adding that the hospital was struggling to ensure that a doctor who terminates a pregnancy after a diagnosis of acrania was safe from prosecution.

The lawmaker who wrote the state's abortion law, state Sen. Katrina Jackson, told CNN affiliate WAFB that Davis should have been allowed an abortion based on a list of 25 exclusive exceptions from the Louisiana Department of Health.

"This woman is seeking a medical procedure for a pregnancy that is not viable outside of the womb," Jackson told WAFB.

It's unclear which state Davis will go to for the abortion.

"Davis and her family are very grateful to all of those who donated to her to be able to arrange for travel," Crump said. "By the time Ms. Davis has the procedure she needs next week, she would have carried this unsustainable pregnancy for an additional month and a half," with "risks and emotional tolls."

The father of the baby, Chedrick Cole, said, "From afar it's very easy to have an opinion about something but until you're actually in this situation and going through it, you don't understand how complex it is. I also want to say that we must continue to raise consciousness and awareness about situations like this because it's happening all over. … And it's so much bigger than us and our family."

CNN/s Amanda Musa contributed to this report.


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sandy-2021492
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1  seeder  sandy-2021492    3 months ago
In a statement last week, a spokesperson for Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, Caroline Isemann, said the hospital cannot comment on a specific patient but said navigating an unviable pregnancy is extremely complex.

"We look at each patient's individual circumstances and how to remain in compliance with all current state laws to the best of our ability," Isemann told CNN.

"Even if a specific diagnosis falls under medically futile exceptions provided by (the Louisiana Department of Health), the laws addressing treatment methods are much more complex and seemingly contradictory."

Crump called on the state to hold a special session of the Louisiana legislature to address the "public health catastrophe" created by "vague and confusing" abortion laws.

The attorney said Louisiana lawmakers have "inflicted unspeakable pain, emotional damage and physical risk" by stepping between his client and her doctors. He said other women and healthcare providers will endure a similar plight because state law has "created an environment of confusion and fear."

Isemann told The New York Times that Louisiana's multiple abortion bans, which use different terminology, complicate matters.

"There is currently no guidance on which law controls" the situation, she said, adding that the hospital was struggling to ensure that a doctor who terminates a pregnancy after a diagnosis of acrania was safe from prosecution.
 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1    3 months ago

I'd like to thank republicans for their full support in creation of a thumper majority on the SCOTUS and insuring that the midterms will be about loss of individual freedom of bodily autonomy to 51% of eligible voters and the treasonous actions of some of their party leaders that are now being brought to light.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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1.1.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  devangelical @1.1    3 months ago

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Split Personality
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1.1.2  Split Personality  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @1.1.1    3 months ago

Slow day? lol

 
 
 
cjcold
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1.1.3  cjcold  replied to  Split Personality @1.1.2    3 months ago

Fuck all far-right wing misogynists who don't allow females autonomy over their own bodies and reproductive systems. 

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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2  Dismayed Patriot    3 months ago
"I want you to imagine what it's been like to continue this pregnancy for another six weeks after this diagnosis," Davis said at a news conference on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge. "This is not fair to me and it should not happen to any other woman." "The doctors told me that my baby would die shortly after birth," Davis said. "They told me that I should terminate the pregnancy. Because of the state of Louisiana's abortion ban they cannot perform the procedure. Basically, they said I had to carry my baby to bury my baby. They seemed confused about the law and afraid of what would happen to them if they perform a criminal abortion, according to the law."

This is just so sad. Such trauma all to protect other unrelated peoples 'feelings' and supposed morals. I hope this woman sues the State for emotional distress and bodily injury forcing her to continue carrying a non-viable fetus for 6 weeks, a month and a half, after diagnoses. I've no doubt this woman and many others in similar situations will suffer post traumatic stress and long term health effects. Perhaps after a few of these right wing Christian fascist run States get their asses sued off they'll realize they can't afford to strip women of their right to privacy and bodily autonomy. Kick 'em where it hurts, right in their fucking wallets.

 
 
 
afrayedknot
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2.1  afrayedknot  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @2    3 months ago

“..,they can't afford to strip women of their right to privacy and bodily autonomy.”

…societally, morally, and as a last resort financially. Rights are rights and wrongs are wrongs. 

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.1.1  devangelical  replied to  afrayedknot @2.1    3 months ago

meh, I'm kind of looking forward to the internal blame game that will occur if their wave turns into a splash. I've always enjoyed their self administered autopsies in the past after the fact. it won't be pretty for some, but pretty hilarious to others. watching women voters being the primary force in taking down their religious based oppressors at the ballot box for a few cycles would be poetic justice with a side of irony.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @2.1.1    3 months ago

They think women are more concerned about the cost of a gallon of milk and/or a tank of gas and not their rights to their own bodies

THEY THINK WRONG

 
 
 
Freefaller
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3  Freefaller    3 months ago

I expect to see more of this sort of thing as states poorly thought out and poorly crafted laws affect more and more people

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1  devangelical  replied to  Freefaller @3    3 months ago

legislated morality sure does come at a premium price.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.2  Tessylo  replied to  Freefaller @3    3 months ago

Some see how this stance is not favorable to the majority and are now backpedaling

 
 
 
charger 383
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4  charger 383    3 months ago

Men who are against right to Abortion do not deserve to have sex with women. 

 
 
 
bbl-1
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4.1  bbl-1  replied to  charger 383 @4    3 months ago

Correct.  They can abuse each other.

 
 
 
Kavika
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5  Kavika     3 months ago

Politicians that think they know more than women and doctors are finding out that at best their heads are stuck firmly up their asses.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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6  Buzz of the Orient    3 months ago

My advice to the women of Louisiana and every other State that has turned its women into handmaidens - cross your legs until the right to abortion is reinstated.  Tell those pricks to travel to another State to spill their semen. 

 
 
 
MonsterMash
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6.1  MonsterMash  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6    3 months ago
cross your legs until the right to abortion is reinstated. 

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afrayedknot
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6.1.1  afrayedknot  replied to  MonsterMash @6.1    3 months ago

Oh my. 

 
 
 
cjcold
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6.1.2  cjcold  replied to  MonsterMash @6.1    3 months ago

Women want sex just as much as men do. Birth control is up to both sexes.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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6.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  cjcold @6.1.2    3 months ago

And women have just as much right, if not MORE so, to control the results of that sex as men do, but a lot of American states have taken that right away from them, and who knows, since everything is going backwards, the next thing they might do is take away the right for them to vote as well.  

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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6.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6    3 months ago

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Buzz of the Orient
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6.2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.2    3 months ago

I don't have access to any such venues, but if you do, be my guest to copy and paste my comment elsewhere.   Anyway, I'm sure there are some pro-lifer, anti-abortionist, Neanderthal members of NT who need to have it smacked in their faces. 

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bbl-1
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7  bbl-1    3 months ago

Unfortunately, Louisiana is a red state.  Women that possess a strength of decency and a fervor for freedom should leave these religious fiefdoms' in droves.  

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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7.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  bbl-1 @7    3 months ago

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