'NEW' Change Is Here! Florida's Strict Abortion Law, Lakeland Woman's Story of Forced Birth

‘NEW’ Change Is Here! Florida’s Strict Abortion Law, Lakeland Woman’s Story of Forced Birth

DEBARYLIFE – When Deborah Dorbert of Lakeland received the unsettling news that her unborn child had Potter’s Syndrome—a condition in which the unborn child lacked kidneys and had abnormal lung development—she was only a few months along in her pregnancy. It’s unlikely that he would make it outside the womb.

Despite this, her physician at Lakeland Regional Health stated that Florida’s tight abortion laws prevented him from ending the pregnancy. She had two options: travel to another state for an abortion or proceed with the birth even though she would probably not survive.

Dorbert and her husband decided to give birth despite the high expense and worry that they would have to move to another state due to legal issues.

Baby Milo had a 94-minute lifespan. Dorbert reported that he was bluish, cold to the touch, and had been gasping for air the entire time.

She is now sharing her experience wherever she can to raise awareness of the suffering Florida’s abortion laws are causing and to urge voters to support a constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot in Florida in November that will safeguard women’s right to an abortion and stop similar incidents from occurring in the future.

'NEW' Change Is Here! Florida's Strict Abortion Law, Lakeland Woman's Story of Forced Birth (1)

When Florida outlawed abortions after 15 weeks, Dorbert was expecting. Later, the Legislature enacted a six-week restriction with the backing of Governor Ron DeSantis.

According to Progress Florida’s head of its reproductive rights program, Amy Weintraub, many doctors fear they could lose their licenses and wind up in jail, even though the law offers an exception for pregnancies in which the fetus has a fatal defect.

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Earlier this month, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration released emergency regulations, claiming that they were meant to combat false information regarding the abortion law that had been circulated by advocacy organizations, the media, and President Biden.

While there are several circumstances in which an abortion may be permitted, Potter’s Syndrome is not one of them.

Dr. David Berger, a family practice physician in Dorbert, stated that many doctors are confused about what to do because the law is miswritten. Although it hasn’t been verified, he believes that the law’s phrasing would let someone in Dorbert’s circumstance terminate the pregnancy.

Progress Florida and other organizations are advocating for the constitutional amendment because of this uncertainty. To spare any other family the suffering her family endured, Dorbert declared she would run for the amendment as well.

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