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A heartbreaking Reddit post details one couple’s nightmare experience dealing with the restriction of abortion laws.

In the post titled “My nightmare with Texas’ ‘Women’s Health’ Laws,” a user tells the story of him and his wife who were happily anticipating their very wanted child, when, at about four months along, Taylor experienced serious complications when her cervix began to dilate.

Me and my wife were expecting our first child. She had been pregnant for over four months. We did all the check ups, all the screenings. By all accounts he was a happy, healthy, big for his age little man, with his father’s nose.

That was until my wife’s cervix decided to dilate.

By the time we got to the hospital, his feet were already coming out of the womb and pushing through the cervix. We tried a litany of emergency measures, but the sack was already outside the womb. There was nothing that we could do.

The only humane thing to do at that point would be to pop the sack, and let little Fox come into this world too early to survive outside.

However, thanks to Texas’ frankly inhumane and cruel “Women’s Health Laws”, this wasn’t an option.

He still had a heart beat, which we were forced to listen to.

Because of this, and his age, any attempts to induce labour would be considered a late-term abortion.

Even though he had no chance of surviving, this was considered an abortion.

These laws made my wife feel our child struggle inside her for days. We cried ourselves to sleep every night. We spent four days in and out of the hospital waiting for nature to take it’s course.

These laws, in their effect, forced a woman to give birth to a stillborn baby.

Regardless of where one stands on pro-choice vs pro-life, I think that we can all agree that forcing a person to go through labor for a non-viable baby is cruel, inhumane, and morally indefensible.

Whatever your stance on the issue is, I hope you understand that the way the law is now is hopelessly broken.

If there is a Christian God, he would hate anyone who would put ideology in front of humanity.

Please, please, please work to either repeal or amend these laws.

They are hopelessly inadequate for dealing with the complexities of human reproduction.

Me and my wife are home now. Grieving for our loss. We’ll get through this. My heart breaks, however, for the hundreds, if not thousands of others that will be effected by these godless laws.

Please, do everything your power to amend or repeal these awful laws.”

When Taylor started bleeding, they went back to the hospital, but with Fox’s heart still beating, doctors couldn’t legally interfere, reports the Daily Beast.

“Eventually she was just screaming at them to get the child out of her,” Daniel said.

After four days in and out of the hospital, the bag of waters surrounding their baby burst and Taylor delivered Fox. “One nice thing is we got to hold him,” Daniel said. “That’s the only silver lining.”

Texas is one of 12 states that bans abortions after 20 weeks post fertilization with bills ostensibly based on the wholly unscientific idea that fetuses can feel pain after that period of gestation.

Our thoughts are with them. This is totally devastating.

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  • That poor family. How heartbreaking for them.

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  • You would think the Drs would have intervened, regardless of the law, as Drs sign their own oath. I can’t believe they let this situation go for so long without intervening. I feel so sad for this mum and dad

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  • What a truely sad and heartbreaking story. Poor Bub and parents. I couldn’t imagine how hard it would be to go through labor knowing you’ve lost baby.

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  • This spuds very wrong in circumstances such as theirs. How utterly sad.

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  • This was not a case of abortion but a baby coming early that could not be stopped. Everyone parents and baby went through stress. I have carried a child that i knew was going to die but not to this extent. This is so wrong, yes I do not believe in medical abortion but in this instant it was something unforeseen.

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  • This is awful. I can’t imagine knowing your baby is going to doe but still feeling it inside you until it happened :-(

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  • Was the lady technically in labour all that time? That is so inhumane. They could have induced the birth instead of making the Mum struggle for so long. If only the waters had broken a lot sooner. If he could feel pain at 20 weeks gestation did they think about how much pain he must be feeling “stuck” in that position?
    Obviously not. It suited them not to think of that.

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  • This would be utterly agonising to go through. It seems a misapplication of the law, surely?

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