A story amid Texas abortion law: A mental ill woman was raped and got pregnant and today she would not have been able to terminate pregnancy
A mentally ill woman was raped at her Texas group home and learned about her pregnancy over two months later and could get an abortion before the law banning pregnancy termination after six months was passed.
The woman who was reported of only by her first name, Kate, has an intellectual disability, the illness that causes stunted mental maturation and prevents her from explaining what she experienced.
She was raped in her mid-twenties. She and her family didn’t know about her pregnancy as a result of a sexual abuse. Her pregnancy was confirmed at a reproductive heath clinic.
Kate was able to get an abortion.
Despite of that it happened almost a decade ago, this story remains poignant amid the new Texas anti-abortion law. Grace McGarry, a health worker who provided the abortion for Kate and who is still at the same clinic working in Texas said, Kate would not have been able to terminate her pregnancy if she wanted to go through the procedure today as she learned about her pregnancy exactly after more than six weeks.
"This is somebody who we didn't know she was pregnant until she was after six weeks because the patient didn't have any means of communicating that information," McGarry, who has been working in abortion care since 2004, told Insider.
McGarry said Kate was one of hundreds of her patients who would have lost abortion access today.