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Texas Abortion Restrictions

Because of Texas abortion law, her wanted pregnancy became a medical nightmare

The state’s abortion law brings a new layer of obstacles for Texas women with complicated pregnancies.

By Carrie Feibel, NPR
Elizabeth and James Weller at their home in Houston two months after losing their baby girl due to a premature rupture of membranes. Elizabeth could not receive the medical care she needed until several days later because of a Texas law that banned abortion after six weeks.

State abortion laws are complicating other types of obstetric care

“I need you to tell me the truth”

Elizabeth and James Weller keep remembrances of their baby in a picture frame at home.

A clinical battle begins behind the scenes

A wait for fetal death or her own encroaching illness

Elizabeth and James Weller look at clothes that were meant for their baby, whom they lost in the second trimester of pregnancy.

An agonizing wait at home

How the law led to medical trauma

An unseen panel weighs the case

Elizabeth Weller touches the urn of her daughter. She recalls looking at her baby's little hands and crying. "I told her 'I'm so sorry. I couldn't give you life. I'm so sorry,'" Elizabeth says.

A mournful birth

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