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.