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How New York's Outdated Abortion Laws Are Hurting Women

HOW NEW YORK'S OUTDATED ABORTION LAWS ARE HURTING WOMEN

 
 

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Erika Christensen had an abortion 32 weeks into her pregnancy. She and her husband learned at 30 weeks that her fetus wouldn't be able to breathe outside the womb. If she was able to carry to term, the baby would choke to death shortly after birth. In New York State, however, abortions after 24 weeks are illegal unless the life of the mother is in danger. There are no exceptions in cases of rape, risk to the mother's health, or if the fetus is nonviable. This is Erika's story of what she had to go through to get her abortion, and how she's now using her experience to fight to change these archaic state laws.