A few weeks ago, I wrote about a pregnant 16-year-old girl in the Dominican Republic who had leukemia. Her country’s strict anti-abortion laws prevented her from having an abortion but they also prevented her from having the chemotherapy that could have saved her life, but might have damaged the fetus. The girl died, but not before the fetus miscarried. Her mother seems ready to sue.
(CNN) – The mother of a pregnant leukemia patient who died after her chemotherapy was delayed over anti- abortion laws is accusing doctors of not putting her daughter’s health first.
The 16-year-old’s plight attracted worldwide attention after she had to wait for chemotherapy because of an abortion ban in the Dominican Republic.
Doctors were hesitant to give her chemotherapy because such treatment could terminate the pregnancy – a violation of the Dominican Constitution, which bans abortion. Some 20 days after she was admitted to the hospital, she finally started receiving treatment.
She died Friday, a hospital official said.
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While abortion is still legal in the US, many on the right would like to see that changed. Many states are making abortions so restrictive that it’s nearly impossible for a woman to find an abortion provider. Some states are outright banning abortion as soon as 18 weeks after conception. It’s not difficult to envision that a situation similar to the one in the Dominican Republic could happen in today’s United States.