Pregnant Teen Denied Chemo Because It Might Kill Her Unborn Baby (VIDEO)

The teen's mother says her daughter's life is first.Teen's mother says her daughter's life comes first.Imagine finding out you have leukemia ... while pregnant. Doctors say you can undergo aggressive chemotherapy, but the treatment would likely end the pregnancy. Thankfully, as things stand today, a woman in this position would have the choice to decide if she would want to move forward with the cancer treatment. Because ever since Roe v. Wade, we haven't had to worry about illegal abortion in this country.

But in the Dominican Republic, it's a whole different ballgame. There, an abortion ban is preventing a 16-year-old, who is nine weeks pregnant, from undergoing chemo, because it may result in a terminated pregnancy. And there's no question in girl's mother's mind about what she wants to happen.

Rosa Hernandez is making an appeal to doctors and the D.R. government to make an exception for her daughter. She told CNN:

My daughter's life is first. I know that [abortion] is a sin and that it goes against the law ... but my daughter's health is first.

Yet, for the time being, politicians, commentators, and doctors are going to war over this young woman's life. The good news is that the director of the bioethics council that rules on application of the abortion ban says the council is leaning toward allowing the chemo. But the clock is ticking ...

This disturbing story should serve as a warning for Americans who are supporting politicians who are persistently making moves to chip away at abortion rights. Politicians who hope to turn the clock back to 40 years ago, when abortions were across-the-board illegal and came at a major expense to women's health and well-being. This sad, disturbing debacle in the Dominican Republic is an illustrated example of why moving backward would be nothing short of incredibly harmful and dangerous.

With hope, Rosa's daughter gets the treatment she so needs and deserves and no woman there -- or here -- ever has to face a similar situation.

Does this woman's story make you re-think your views on abortion?

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2many... 2manydiapers

As far as for myself no, I would never abort. Others its their body their choice. What i find disturbing though is the few women who use abortion as birth Control. Or late term abortion without medical reason.

Dana E Armstrong

Keep voting GOP and this is your future ladies.

nonmember avatar Megan

No, it does not make me change my views. It should be available as a life saving procedure. Not as a convenience factor for the stronger party. My heart hurts for the girl.

shesl... shesliketx

This is ridiculous and sad. Even if her life wasn't in danger, she should have the right to a safe abortion if she just wants to. Dana is right, this will be the future if the GOP has any say in it.

dreab... dreabug23

No woman uses abortion as birth control.

A legal, safe abortion in the US costs around $350. That is a ridiculous argument.

This young girl should NOT be forced to risk her health and life to appease her government's backwards views on women's reproductive health.

nonmember avatar HS

It reaffirms my stance on abortion. GOPers are fighting tooth and nail against "obamacare" and yet, these laws the GOP is trying to establish are doing the same thing and worse. Stay out of my body! And stay out of this young girl's body!

DritaF DritaF

Not at all. It's unfortunate that this teen has cancer but that has nothing to do with the baby. His/her life is just as valuable.

DritaF DritaF


My co-worker's cousin has had six (yeah, you read that right) abortions. I don't know if she's stupid or just unlucky but considering the fact that she's in her early 30's suggests that she IS using abortion as birth control. As much as we'd like to believe that it doesn't happen, it does.

jagam... jagamama0710

Drita - So, instead of allowing this teen, at 9 weeks pregnant, so little into her pregnant, to go through treatments that could save her life, you're supporting her "sucking it up" for the sake of the baby, and they might both die. Yes. That makes sense. 

jagam... jagamama0710

OR, she "sucks it up" for the sake of the baby, lives long enough for baby to be born early or even on time. Then baby's mother dies. What a fantastic happy outcome. Surely there must be a better option...oh yes, going through cancer treatment as soon as possible. If you wouldn't do that that's fine, but it should not be prohibited in cases like these. 

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