A Texas woman nearly died under vague anti-abortion laws

An Austin woman was thrilled to have her “miracle baby” after trying for a year and a half to conceive, but then her waters ruptured in the fourth month of pregnancy and her doctor told her there was no chance of the baby would survive. The woman, Amanda Eid, said she needed to terminate the pregnancy, but her doctor wasn’t sure if Texas law made it legal to perform the procedure, she told CNN.

If a pregnant woman ruptures her waters, she is at high risk of infection, which would endanger Eid’s life. But her baby daughter, who she and partner Josh Zurawski named Willow, still had a heart attack. This made doctors reluctant to induce labor to save Eid’s life.

Texas has anti-abortion laws that went into effect in August after the Supreme Court overturned the laws Roe v. calf Verdict. These trigger laws permit abortion procedures when “there is a life-threatening physical condition aggravated by, caused by, or arising out of pregnancy that puts the woman at risk of death or presents a serious risk of significant impairment of an important bodily function.”

However, doctors believe the law isn’t clear on what these terms mean, and if the doctor is found to perform an abortion that doesn’t fit the exceptions, they could lose their licenses.