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Mon Mar 20, 2023, 04:56 PM Mar 2023

'Nightmare scenario': A mother's ordeal shows NC abortion law already is cruel [View all]

Lauren Christensen didn’t have a crib yet, but she had a stocking with the name “Simone” embroidered on it. It was a Christmas gift from her mother.


When Christensen went to her doctor for her 20-week anatomy scan in January 2023, she ended up in a “nightmare scenario” that was fueled in part by North Carolina’s current abortion law, which makes abortions illegal after 20 weeks.

Christensen’s friends told her the anatomy scan was going to be an amazing experience. She was supposed to be able to see what her daughter looked like. During the scan, she watched the screen and couldn’t see much. She wondered if this was a different type of scan and the anatomy scan hadn’t happened yet.

Christensen’s stenographer left the room and came back with the doctor. There were concerns about fluid, she was told, and she was transferred to Duke Hospital to see a specialist, who explained that the child’s organs were failing. That meant Christensen’s organs could start failing, too.



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