WE ARE PATIENT ADVOCATES
Sometimes a cause chooses you.
We were 30 weeks into a complicated pregnancy when we found out there was no hope. The baby would never be able to breathe due to a fetal development. The pregnancy was not viable.
We chose to terminate the pregnancy, and that's when we found out we were past New York's 24 week cut-off. New York State law would require Erika carry the pregnancy to term, threatening her health.
Our only option was to fly out of state to get a termination, to borrow money to pay for the $10,000 procedure and travel. We were lucky, we were able to create a solution. Many New Yorker's don't have a choice.
Each pregnancy is unique. The circumstances facing every pregnant patient are unique. We demand a law that allows medical professionals to treat their patients and that allows patients to make their own healthcare decisions. We demand the Reproductive Health Act.
- Garin and Erika