Commentary: How The Hyde Amendment Hurt My Family

By Mindy Woerter

DURHAM — In February 2016, I got pregnant for the third time. My husband and I had a year-old daughter, but my second pregnancy had ended in miscarriage a few months prior. We were cautiously excited for this pregnancy, and as we neared the end of the first trimester, our excitement grew.

But then we got scary news: The latest ultrasound showed a possible birth defect, a hole in the baby’s abdomen. The doctor said it could be nothing, but we needed a follow-up scan to be sure.

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