Your donation will help women and families living in the Midwest access late-term abortions that are medically necessary.
Nick and Jessica are the typical Minnesota family. They live near the Twin Cities with their daughter and yellow lab. They are active in their community, love hosting get-togethers for family and friends and enjoy the outdoors in each of Minnesota’s four seasons.
When they found out they were pregnant with their second child, they were thrilled. Everything was going smoothly until a routine 27 week check up. Due to a doctor’s error, they were informed their child tested positive for a fetal anomaly. In the next few days, they learned their baby had Spina Bifida.
The next 2 days were heartbreaking. Nick and Jessica learned more about their baby’s condition, talked to friends, family, specialists and genetics counselors. Their baby that they wanted and loved so much already would not have the quality of life they had hoped for. Nick and Jessica felt it was best for their family--mentally and physically--to have an abortion. But there are only two clinics in the United States that perform abortions after 25 weeks--neither of them are in Minnesota.
They made travel plans to go to the nearest clinic 929 miles away. The financial cost of the abortion, including travel expenses, was over $15,000. None of which was covered by insurance and was required to be paid in cash prior to the procedure. But it didn't compare to the grief of losing their son (and that grief was compounded by not being able to receive necessary medical care near their home, provided by their own doctor).
Nick and Jessica arrived at the clinic, greeted by anti-abortion protesters. As the couple was about to do the hardest thing they could imagine, they were forced to feel nervous about their own safety.
The procedure lasted 4 days. They entered through gates, sat behind bullet proof glass and read pamphlets about previous shootings at the clinic. In their painful, heartbreaking experience, they could not stop themselves from thinking that they were not the only ones that had been forced to make the same horrific decision. But what if someone didn’t have the resources to make the trip to one of the two clinics that perform late term abortions?
It was at that moment they decided to tell their story to anyone who would listen and to help other families access the healthcare they need.
We are proud to announce The Cashton Thomas Fund in honor of Nick and Jessica's son. The fund will help women and families living in the Midwest access late-term abortions that are medically necessary--because every family deserves access to the healthcare they seek.
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