Five Texan women who did not get an abortion despite serious complications have sued the conservative US state and asked a judge to clarify exceptions to the new laws.
According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents them, it is the first such complaint filed by women who have been denied resignation since the US Supreme Court overturned abortion rights in June.
The lawsuit, filed late Monday, “contains devastating firsthand accounts of women’s lives nearly lost after they were denied the health care they needed,” said Vice President Kamala Harris, who told them in a statement Tuesday. expressed support.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called the details “shameful and unacceptable.”
“Horrific details of needless pain,” Democratic President Joe Biden’s spokeswoman said in a statement. “All because of extreme efforts by Republican officials to take away a woman’s right to choose.”
The women, who will speak at a press conference later Tuesday, wanted to carry their pregnancies to term, but discovered during medical examination that their fetuses were not viable.
In their complaint, they allege that their doctors refused to perform abortions despite the risks of bleeding and infection.
They blame those denials on the various laws banning abortions in Texas, one of which provides for up to 99 years in prison for doctors who defy the ban.
These laws allow limited exceptions for medical emergencies, such as the threat of death or severe disability to the mother, but plaintiffs say they are too vague.
One of them, 35-year-old Amanda Zurawski, had her water break at 17 weeks, much too early for the fetus to survive.
However, her hospital waited three days — until she showed signs of infection — before delivering the fetus.
According to the complaint, “she nearly lost her own life and spent days in the ICU for septic infections whose lasting effects threaten her fertility and at the very least make it more difficult, if not impossible, to conceive again.”
Another, Lauren Miller, was pregnant with twins when she learned that one of the fetuses was not viable.
Despite the risks to her own health and the development of the other fetus, the medical staff would not perform an abortion on the nonviable fetus and she had to travel to Colorado at her own expense to have the procedure.
She is still pregnant and is due at the end of this month.
When Lauren Hall was 18 weeks pregnant, she discovered that her fetus had no skull and would not survive. She had to travel to Seattle to have the pregnancy terminated.
Unlike the other complaints filed by doctors or associations since June, this appeal does not attack the abortion ban, but asks the courts to “clarify the scope of the exception”.
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