Why Do Women Have Abortions After 20 Weeks, Anyway?

Sep 27, 2013 | Anencephaly, Neural Tube Defects

“This has nothing to do with politics,” Bindeman said of her decision to have the two abortions. “This has to do with the choices that my husband and I needed to make.”

by Emily Duroy

Psychologist Dr. Julie Bindeman has always been pro-choice about abortion. But she remembers feeling relieved when she got married that she wouldn’t have to worry about making that decision personally. She was in a stable relationship and children were planned for her future.

At 29, she and her husband welcomed their first child, and a year and a half later found they were expecting again. That pregnancy ended in miscarriage, so they proceeded with cautious optimism when Bindeman became pregnant again. But things looked to be progressing well; they got through the first trimester just fine, and Bindeman began to tell clients about the pregnancy.

Then, a 20-week ultrasound and follow-up tests brought things to a screeching halt. Tests revealed enlarged brain ventricles and the possibility of anencephaly, which essentially translates to “no brain.” The best case scenario, doctors told the couple, was that the baby (a boy, the ultrasound had revealed) would have the mental capabilities of a two-month-old.

Excerpted from ABC News. Read the full story at ABC_Univision.

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