Why This Woman Chose Abortion—at 29 Weeks
When Dana Weinstein talks about her second child, she refers to her “angel baby.” In the summer of 2009, with a 2 1/2-year-old son and a daughter on the way, the Weinsteins were looking forward to completing their family. Then tragedy struck. After a sonogram 29 weeks into her pregnancy, Weinstein learned her daughter’s brain hadn’t formed properly and that the baby would face severe health and mental problems, if it survived at all. Several weeks later, she made the painful decision to end the pregnancy before “Baby W” was born. Now Weinstein fears that if Republican legislators around the country succeed in banning abortions after 20 weeks, many women in similar situations will no longer have the option that she did.
I spoke with Weinstein on a Friday afternoon last month via phone. She was home in Rockville, Maryland, and her seven-month-old, Danica, could be heard crying in the background.