Grand Island Mom Carried Non-Viable Pregnancy Due to Law

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A Nebraska woman says she was denied the ability to end her non-viable pregnancy because of a state law that bans abortions after 20 weeks based on the disputed notion that fetuses can feel pain.

Danielle Deaver, of Grand Island, told The Associated Press that she was about 22 weeks when she learned that she wouldn't be able to carry the pregnancy to term and that her child would die soon after birth. Her doctors told her she'd have to go into labor naturally because they couldn't medically induce her because of state law.

Deaver gave birth Dec. 8 to a baby girl that died 15 minutes later.

She says the delay caused by the law added to her grief.