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8 more women join lawsuit against Texas abortion ban, saying it almost killed them

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eight more women got included in On Monday, a lawsuit was filed against the state of Texas, arguing that the state’s excessive abortion restrictions put their health or their lives at risk if they experience a pregnancy-related medical emergency.

Five women initially sued the Lone Star State in March. A total of 15 people—both patients and doctors—have now signed the suit, saying the laws are vague and put people’s well-being at enormous risk. Texas had earlier banned abortion around September 2021 Roe v. Wade Was overturned.

state law Forbid anyone to perform an abortion unless the life of the pregnant woman is at risk. There is no exception for a fetus to develop an anomaly that would prevent it from surviving a previous birth, one of the key issues in the lawsuit. Texas doctors who perform abortions can face life in prison and fines of up to $10,000, meaning few are willing to discuss providing or referring someone for an abortion.

“Abortion Bans Are Obstructing or Delaying Essential Obstetric Care,” Sue States America, “And, contrary to their stated purpose of prolonging life, the restrictions are exposing pregnant people to risks of death, injury and disease, including loss of fertility – making it Less Chances are that every family that wants to bring children into the world will be able to do so and avoid the experience.

“Medical professionals are now telling their patients that if they want to become pregnant, they should leave Texas.”

Amanda Jurowski, one of the plaintiffs, testified Her state’s abortion laws took her life before Congress in April. ,I almost died on their watch,” he said of his senators, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn.

Zurawski’s water broke less than halfway through her pregnancy, but she could not have an abortion because her fetus still had a beating heart. She went into septic shock before having an abortion in the emergency room.

Another plaintiff, Kylie Beaton, learned that her child’s head was growing abnormally fast, but his brain was not developing properly and never would. Even though the child was unlikely to survive a previous birth, it could not be aborted in Texas. The law delayed her care, making it too late to get an out-of-state abortion, and Beaton was forced to conceive. She had to be delivered via emergency C-section due to the baby’s head being too large and died a few days after birth.

Some plaintiff’s water had broken incredibly early. Others developed fatal fetal anomalies, and one developed Mirr’s syndrome, where both she and her fetus retained too much fluid and were both at risk of death. All of them were denied an abortion.

“What happened to these women is unsettling and is happening to countless pregnant people across the state,” said Molly Duane, an attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights. statement, “The government of Texas must answer for its laws that nearly killed these women and put more lives at risk every day.”