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Couple struggles with abortion decision

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)--  Banning virtually all abortions banned after the 20th week of pregnancy.

That's the bill that was approved by an Iowa House subcommittee Thursday. This latest bill will be debated by the full committee next week.

Planned Parenthood argues that all pregnancies are different, and women should have the right to choose what's best for them.

In part 2 of a special report, the story of couple that was denied an abortion in Nebraska even though pregnancy complications made it unlikely their child would ever breath on its own.

After several miscarriages, Danielle and Rob Deaver waited anxiously for an ultrasound of their unborn baby.

"We were going to have a little girl," said Danielle, who opposes the abortion ban.

That joy turned to fear--- 22 weeks into the pregnancy, Danielle's water broke. Soon after, her doctors delivered the news that their baby girl had no chance of survival outside of the womb.

The couple feared the baby would suffer---and decided on abortion.

"At what point do we go from being good parents and doing everything we can to save our baby to being selfish and putting our baby through essentially torture when they were born if they couldn't breath or move? My husband talked about everything she had told us and what our odds were, which were nothing. The odds of bringing home a baby that had a heartbeat were so small," said Danielle.

Problem was, Deaver was two weeks past Nebraska's abortion ban. It's against the law to have the procedure after the 20th week.

"What was the point of trying to maintain a pregnancy that was going to end?"

Eight days later, Danielle gave birth to 1 pound 2 ounce Elizabeth Deaver. The child struggled to breath for fifteen minutes, then passed away.

Anti-abortion activists like Jennifer Minney say Elizabeth Deaver deserved the chance that Nebraska's law gave her.

"The miracle of the human body is that babies in utero are still growing, miracles happen in there," said Minney, who supports an abortion ban.

Today, the Deavers speak out about their experience. They don't consider themselves overly political - but hope their story will create awareness that painful personal decisions should be left up to the parents, not the government."

Online Reporter: Molly Nichols

 

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