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Court Allows Pregnancy To Proceed For Woman With Disability

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In a controversial case that made national news, a Nevada judge has decided not to force a woman with intellectual disability to end her pregnancy.

After a series of hearings, Judge Egan Walker said that the 32-year-old wants to carry the baby to term and an agreement has been reached with all parties involved to help her do so. Walker indicated that so far, the medical risks to the woman and her baby are not too great.

The woman, whose name is being withheld for privacy reasons, is said to have the mental capacity of a 6-year-old. The circumstances surrounding her pregnancy are not clear, but a lawyer for the woman’s guardians said she often left the group home where she was living for days at a time to linger at a truck stop.

Court proceedings in the case drew widespread attention as Egan weighed whether to force the woman to terminate her pregnancy in the face of opposition from her adoptive parents. Nonetheless, Egan said the hearings allowed for everyone involved to come together to ensure the best outcome, reports KOLO, the Reno, Nev. ABC affiliate. To read more click here.

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  1. KA101 says:

    OK. She wants to keep the pregnancy and will be able to do so. She made her choice, and we’ll support her as she needs the support throughout her pregnancy. And that’s what matters.

  2. DC M says:

    If she was raped in part because she was too young mentally to be out and about alone, and is mentally a 6 year old, she is not capable of providing safety and responsibility or the financial burden of parenting. Will these, I assume new, adoptive parents, not a group home, be housing and supporting her and the child , physically, emotionally and financially?
    How will this work so the child is safely raised at least until the age of 18?
    I also have BIg concerns about the effect of the trauma of birthing on a 6year old. I hope a C-section is planned.

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