The battle over abortion in the US is as contentious as ever, with more and more states passing laws to restrict it as other states pass laws to expand it.
Often, abortion advocates argue that abortion is necessary in cases where the life of the mother is at risk.
But some research offers hope for pregnant women with cancer. For example, Life News reports a study in The Lancet in 2012 that found that pregnant women don’t need to abort their babies while undergoing cancer treatment.
And research in 2015 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that chemotherapy does not harm the development of an unborn baby. “Prenatal exposure to maternal cancer with or without treatment did not impair the cognitive, cardiac, or general development of children in early childhood,” researchers wrote.
It is an experience that Sarah Wickline Hull knows well.
When she was 20 weeks pregnant, doctors told her that she had aggressive cancer.
Hull said that doctors told her that she and her baby could die and suggested she have an abortion.
That was more than 10 years ago. Today Hull and her daughter are happy and healthy.