November 16, 2012 — A Nevada judge has decided against requiring a 32-year-old intellectually disabled woman to have an abortion, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
All parties involved in the case have agreed that the woman will continue the pregnancy with assistance. Washoe County District Judge Egan Walker said he still plans to hold medical evidentiary hearings to determine how to protect the woman's safety as the high-risk pregnancy progresses (AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 11/14).
The woman has the mental capacity of a six-year-old, as well as epilepsy, bipolar disorder and other health issues (Women's Health Policy Report, 11/7). She became pregnant after wandering from a group home, but other circumstances surrounding the pregnancy -- including the identity of the man involved -- are unknown.
The court became involved after state Social Services raised concern that the woman's medications could affect the fetus. The woman's legal guardians want the pregnancy to continue and oppose abortion based on their Catholic beliefs (AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 11/14).
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