"So at 19 weeks, we drove ten hours out of state"

Then, specialists told her that he had triploidy, a rare chromosome abnormality, and that he would not survive. Carrying a baby with triploidy can also cause complications for the mother and pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy complication involving increased blood pressure and other issues…

Doctors had told DeSpain that she “didn’t have any options in Texas” because the Senate Bill 8, a law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, had gone into effect…

While the law makes exceptions for medical emergencies, it doesn’t define what those are, meaning doctors are left to decide whether a patient qualifies and risk being sued.

“So at 19 weeks, we drove ten hours out of state” to get an abortion in New Mexico, DeSpain wrote. “I walked into the clinic alone. I passed people whose signs said that I was a murderer. ‘Don’t kill your baby!’ they screamed at me. ‘We have resources!’ Don’t kill your baby? ‘My baby has triploidy. He is DYING. He is going to SUFFOCATE,’ I yelled back.