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Woman who gave birth at abortion clinic wasn't there to terminate pregnancy

According to the Jackson Women's Health Organization, the surprise birth happened because the young woman had not received prior medical care. Source: WLBT According to the Jackson Women's Health Organization, the surprise birth happened because the young woman had not received prior medical care. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The woman who had a baby at the state's only abortion clinic was not there to terminate her pregnancy.

According to the Jackson Women's Health Organization, the surprise birth happened because the young woman had not received prior medical care.   

"Every women that walks in this door is not having an abortion," said Director Shannon Brewer.

Brewer said the young woman, who gave birth Wednesday at the facility, was making her first visit for an ultrasound to determine how far along she was. 

She went to a local hospital Sunday and learned she was pregnant.

At the clinic, she arrived with family members complaining of back pain but the doctor determined she was in labor.

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"She did not receive an ultrasound or anything. She did not know how far along she was," said Brewer. "When I see especially young women, it's kinda hard. Either they're keeping it hidden or they didn't know, but they don't have the proper health care."

Clinic officials said they do not perform abortions on the first visit.

The woman delivered a healthy baby although family members were shocked.

"I was just thankful that a baby was born and the life wasn't taken," said Catherine Lacy with Advocates for Life.

Lacy is among those who encourage women who go to the clinic to not get abortions, but reach out to Pro Life Mississippi and other organizations for help and resources.   

"I had two abortions in my life, and I have side affects now," said Lacy. "I'm going through most of the side affects now, depression. I tried to commit suicide in my early years of my two abortions."

Clinic officials said the State Health Department regulates their practices and makes annual and periodic examinations of the facility to ensure that they are complying with state guidelines.

Right now abortions are prohibited after 16 weeks.

The State Legislature passed law that limiting abortion to 15 weeks, but it is being blocked by a federal judge's temporary restraining order until October.

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The mother and baby were taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

The clinic director has called the mother to check on their condition, but has not spoken with her yet.

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