don’t Miscarry in Kentucky …
Over the next several months, we called everyone we could think of. We called the insurance company, of course, and re-filed several times. We pleaded to have the clinic doctor change the code of the procedure to something the insurance would pay for but no dice. Every phone call meant we had to tell the whole story over again, relive the whole thing. Call up every detail of that terrible week. And at the end of it all, it boils down to definitions of what an abortion is to the state of Kentucky.
You see, if you have a D&E in the state of Kentucky, that is an abortion. It doesn’t matter that the fetus was dead already. In the eyes of our state, removing a dead fetus is no different from removing a normal, live one. The state said this the way it is, and so it is, no matter what doctors or common sense may say.
This kind of story isn’t one I have heard much in the talk about women’s reproductive rights. But this whole mess should have been a discussion between my wife’s doctor and her. It should have been over and done with in the doctor’s office that day. We should not have had any of the hassle at all over what was, ultimately, a medical procedure to remove some dead tissue.