05/02/2014 11:38 am ET Updated May 02, 2014

My 28-Week Pregnancy And A 20-Week Abortion Ban: Why Choice Still Matters

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Twenty-eight weeks into my pregnancy, I developed a life-threatening illness, the only cure for which was to not be pregnant. Luckily, I was far enough along that I didn't need to have an abortion to save my life, but my daughter's birth was still mired in terror.

At 28 weeks, Layla was born via emergency c-section. I wasn't sure if I would make it – before my doctors made the first cut, I told my husband that if I died he should tell my sister that Layla's middle name, Sorella, was for her.

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