This morning, RH Reality Check and the ACLU are publishing the words of Amy S, a lifelong Illinois resident, who was faced with the news that the baby she was carrying had a catastrophic brain malformation.
In her own words:
The genetics counselor confirmed the prognosis. If the baby was carried to term, he would essentially be a vegetable. He would never sit, eat, or recognize his parents. He would have seizures, not be able to regulate his temperature or blood sugar, and likely be in great, great pain. And I thought, no way. Not my child. I would not let him suffer and die because I couldn't muster the courage to do what I had to do for him to pass away in a more humane way.