Nancy Davis says abortion denied, baby unlikely to survive due to rare skull condition: 'I'm carrying it to bury it'

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A Baton Rouge woman said she was denied an abortion after the fetus was diagnosed with a rare condition.
Nancy Davis said the fetus was diagnosed with acrania, which is a condition in which a fetus' skull partially or completely fails to form.
She said she was denied an abortion because her life was not in danger and the condition of the fetus did not qualify her for an abortion in Louisiana.
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A Louisiana mother said she was denied an abortion after her baby was diagnosed with a rare condition from which it is unlikely to survive, local news agency WAFB reported on Tuesday.
Nancy Davis, who is pregnant with her second child, told the local outlet that she was getting her first ultrasound at 10 weeks into her pregnancy at the Women's Hospital in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, when medical staff noticed something unusual.
"It was an abnormal ultrasound and they noticed the top of the baby's head was missing and the skull was missing, the top of the skull was missing," Davis told WAFB.
According to the Fetal Medicine Foundation, Davis' baby was diagnosed with acrania, a rare and deadly congenital disorder in which part or all of a fetus' skull fails to form. The prognosis of the disease is "extremely poor with a documented mortality rate of nearly 100%," according to the International Journal of Reproduction, Contraception, Obstetrics, and Gynecology.
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After the landmark judgment in Roe v. Wade's 1973 law protecting women's right to abortion, Louisiana was among a number of conservative states that enacted a total ban on abortion in the state except in situations where the mother's life is endangered by the pregnancy or the fetus has a certain condition.
Given that Davis's life is not endangered by the pregnancy and Acrania does not fall under the Louisiana Department of Health's list of prerequisites for an abortion, the Louisiana mother said she was denied an abortion.
"It's hard to know that ... you know, I wear it to bury it," she told WAFB.
Davis, who is now 13 weeks into her pregnancy, told the outlet that she faces a choice between carrying the fetus to term - just for it to survive within minutes of her pregnancy - or crossing state lines to have an abortion.
“Florida is the closest… so ideally Florida. But then the closest place would be North Carolina or something," Davis said. Florida allows abortions up to 15 weeks gestation, North Carolina up to 20 weeks gestation.
The Louisiana mother said she hopes her case will prompt Louisiana state legislatures to consider expanding her list of fetal conditions for abortion to prevent future cases similar to hers.
"I just want them to consider special circumstances related to abortion ... medical issues like this have to be in there," Davis told the WAFB.
Officials at the Women's Hospital did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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