Missouri abortion ban left this woman ‘with a baby dying inside’

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  • At 17 weeks and 5 days pregnant, Missouri resident Mylissa Farmer’s water broke, putting her life in danger. Her baby’s chances of survival were zero, doctors said.
  • Doctors recommended terminating the pregnancy. But after Missouri banned abortions, that wasn’t an option in the state.
  • Farmer fears if medical professionals in states restricting abortion, like Missouri, will be able to offer patients necessary care.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – At 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 2, nearly 18 weeks into her pregnancy, Mylissa Farmer experienced what doctors call a preterm premature rupture of membranes – her water broke before labor, followed by vaginal bleeding, abdominal pressure and cramping.

She went to Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Missouri, where she’d been just the day before. Everything had been normal then. She and her boyfriend, Matthew McNeill, had already picked out a name for their daughter: Maeve.

But the doctors had devastating news for them. 

If Maeve was delivered right then, chances of survival at 17 weeks and 5 days were zero, according to the assessment and plan section of Farmer’s medical records outlining the visit. And the outcome wasn’t much better if they tried to hold off on delivery.

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