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Women suing over Texas abortion ban testify as infant mortality rises

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Women suing the state of Texas over the state’s abortion ban testified in court on Wednesday, July 19. The women said they were told they could not get abortions despite possible dangers over complications with their pregnancies.

Samantha Casiano carried her baby to term despite the baby having a condition that had no chance of survival. The condition, known as Anencephaly, meant the baby would be born with an underdeveloped brain and an incomplete skull.

“I felt like I was abandoned,” Casiano said Wednesday. “I had this funeral home paper, and this is just supposed to be a scan day; I’m just supposed to know what I’m going to have. And it just escalated to me finding out that my daughter was going to die inside or outside of my womb.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office is defending the ban in the lawsuit. The office argued the women lack standing to sue. On Wednesday, lawyers for the state asked the women if Paxton had personally told them they could not have an abortion.

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The purpose of the lawsuit is not to get the law overturned. Rather, the women are seeking clarity on when exceptions are allowed under the Texas abortion ban. It’s not clear when the judge will rule on the case.

It’s now been nearly two years since the Texas abortion ban took effect, and over a year since Roe v. Wade was overturned. In that time, Texas has seen a rise in infant mortality.

About 2,200 infants died in the state in 2022. That’s up 11.5% from the previous year. Infant deaths caused by severe genetic and birth defects rose by 21.6%.

This reverses a nearly decadelong decline. Infant deaths fell 15% between 2014 and 2021.

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“She told me that my daughter’s been diagnosed with Anencephaly, and that means that her skull and her brain is not fully developed and that she was sorry I didn’t have any option; I was pregnant.”

“What was your understanding of why you had no options?”

“She told me that I didn’t have any options because there was a law that, the Texas abortion law prohibited it; I wasn’t able to get one.”

WHAT YOU JUST LISTENED TO WAS TESTIMONY FROM ONE OF THE WOMEN SUING THE STATE OF TEXAS OVER THE STATE’S ABORTION BAN.

THE WOMEN SAY THEY WERE TOLD THEY COULD NOT GET ABORTIONS — DESPITE  POSSIBLE DANGERS OVER COMPLICATIONS WITH THEIR PREGNANCIES.

SAMANTHA CASIANO — WHO YOU JUST HEARD FROM — CARRIED HER BABY TO TERM DESPITE THE BABY SUFFERING FROM A CONDITION THEY HAD NO CHANCE OF SURVIVING.

“I felt like I was abandoned. I felt like I didn’t know how to deal with the situation, just as a….I had this funeral on paper, and this is just supposed to be a scan day; I’m just supposed to know what I’m going to have. And it just escalated to me finding out that my daughter was going to die inside or outside of my womb.”

TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL KEN PAXTON’S OFFICE IS DEFENDING THE BAN IN THE LAWSUIT.

THE OFFICE ARGUES THAT THE WOMEN LACK STANDING TO SUE.

LAWYERS FOR THE STATE ASKED THE WOMEN WEDNESDAY IF PAXTON HAD PERSONALLY TOLD THEM THEY COULD NOT HAVE AN ABORTION.

LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE MEDIA LANDSCAPE ON THIS STORY.

AS YOU CAN SEE — MOST OF THE SOURCES COVERING IT ARE ON THE LEFT — WITH THE ONLY RIGHT-LEANING SOURCE BEING THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

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IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE — THE WOMEN ARE NOT TRYING TO GET THE BAN OVERTURNED.

RATHER — THEY ARE SEEKING CLARITY ON WHEN EXCEPTIONS ARE ALLOWED IN THE STATE.

IT’S NOT CLEAR WHEN THE JUDGE WILL RULE ON THE CASE.

IT’S NOW BEEN NEARLY TWO YEARS SINCE THE TEXAS ABORTION BAN TOOK EFFECT — AND OVER A YEAR SINCE ROE V WADE WAS OVERTURNED.

IN THAT TIME — TEXAS HAS SEEN A RISE IN INFANT MORTALITY.

ABOUT 22-HUNDRED INFANTS DIED IN THE STATE IN 20-22.

THAT’S UP 11-AND-A-HALF PERCENT FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

INFANT DEATHS CAUSED BY SEVERE GENETIC AND BIRTH DEFECTS ROSE BY OVER 21 PERCENT.

THIS REVERSES A NEARLY DECADE-LONG DECLINE — WITH INFANT DEATHS FALLING BETWEEN 20-14 AND 20-21.