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Ohio Woman Had To Travel To Chicago For Abortion Or Give Birth To Stillborn Baby

Sheva Guy says that she had to drive 300 miles from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Chicago to have an abortion or give birth to a stillborn baby because she could not find an abortion clinic in her state to do the legal medical procedure.

Guy told the The Advocate of Newark, Ohio, that her fetus was at 22 weeks when it was diagnosed with a fatal spinal abnormality at an Ohio hospital.

An ultrasound showed that the fetus's head was too big, while its body was too small. The spinal abnormality would not allow the baby to live.

"I just completely broke down," Guy said during a press conference on Nov. 10. "I mean, I was so vulnerable. Pantsless on the table, I was finding out this news. I was just sobbing. Both my contacts fell out. I couldn't see anything."

The press conference was called by ProgressOhio, a liberal advocacy group, and NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, which oppose the efforts of state Republicans to restrict abortions.

A Planned Parenthood clinic in Cincinnati wouldn't perform an abortion because Guy was 22 weeks along.

The Women's Med Center in Dayton, Ohio, could not get Guy a timely appointment, and referred her to a clinic in Chicago.

"I had to leave my baby in Chicago," Guy recalled.

Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, said Guy was legally permitted to have the abortion under current Ohio law, which allows the procedure up to 24 weeks in this type of situation, but added, "We don’t believe abortion is ever a solution except to save the life of the mother."

Jaime Miracle, of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, claims doctors are afraid to perform abortions when it is close to the 24-week mark.

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is running for president, told a rally in New Hampshire in August that he does believe in abortion exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother, noted The Columbus Dispatch.

The Columbus Dispatch recalled that Kasich signed a 2011 bill into law that banned abortions at 20 weeks unless a doctor confirms that the fetus cannot live outside the mother's womb.

Kasich also signed a law requiring women to have an ultrasound before they have an abortion.

Sources: The (Newark, Ohio) Advocate via USA Today, The Columbus Dispatch / Photo credit: Screenshot via The Advocate, ErgoSum88/Wikimedia

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