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Devastated mother forced to leave state to abort unviable fetus

(CNN) — Oklahoma has some of the strictest abortion bans in the country, with the procedure almost completely outlawed.

Advocates have vowed to challenge the law, but with all abortion providers in the state closed their doors, it’s already too late for some women.

Lori Brown-Loftis is one of them. She and her family prepared to welcome a new member to the world, even running a nursery. Her first daughter even started wearing a T-shirt that said “big sister”.

But what should have been a happy time soon turned into devastating devastation when an ultrasound revealed a rare genetic disorder.

“The doctor kind of explained that this disorder is incompatible with life,” Brown-Loftis said. “That was a little girl who, you know, would not be viable that most babies either die during childbirth or shortly after.”

Because the baby was unlucky enough to survive outside the womb, Brown-Loftis made the painful choice of having an abortion.

“This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, it was the hardest decision,” said Brown-Loftis. “If I was forced to carry this pregnancy, knowing that I would not be able to bring this child home would cause so much trauma.”

At 23 weeks pregnant, Brown-Loftis was forced to leave the state for a three-day, invasive procedure at significant financial and emotional cost.

Brown-Loftis said the worst part was that the protesters met at the clinic.

“Just assuming that I don’t want my child, I think was the hardest part,” she said.

It was in January that Oklahoma legalized abortions up to 20 weeks of gestation. Today, the state has one of the most far-reaching bans on abortion in the country, a ban on the procedure at the time of fertilization, with very few exceptions.

Currently, abortion is effectively banned in Oklahoma, and all four of her clinics no longer provide the service. If they can afford it, women seeking abortions will now have to travel out of state, as Brown-Loftis did.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, has said he doesn’t want abortion to be legal in the state.

“I don’t know how much clearer we can be. We don’t believe in abortion in Oklahoma. We don’t want that in our state,” Stitt said.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling that could effectively overturn Roe v. Wade in the coming weeks. If this happens, many other states could become like Oklahoma.

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