Despite the legal struggle over her unborn baby, a mentally
impaired Nevada woman will be allowed to carry her child.
Elisa Bauer, 32, has the mental capacity of a six-year-old and
has been in foster care for 20 years. When they learned she was
pregnant, her foster parents wanted her to have the baby, and so
did Elisa. But a court-appointed guardian had hopes of having
the child aborted.
Melissa Clement of Nevada Right
to Life, who sat in on legal arguments, tells OneNewsNow it was
a genuine clash of worldviews.
"It appears that they cannot even believe that anyone would
think that abortion wouldn't be the course of action any rational
person would take in this situation," Clement accounts.
The legal guardians, acting on the basis of their faith, were in
Washoe County Family Court arguing in favor of the life of the
unborn child for three weeks. Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Catherine
Glenn Foster was pleased when the court finally decided this week
in favor of life.
"The court's done the right thing in respecting the
will of Elisa and her parents," Foster states. "The Bauers are
caring, loving parents and fit legal guardians. There is no
legitimate reason for their voices to be ignored, and every
innocent human life deserves to be protected."
Judge Egan Walker, recognizing that the woman has epilepsy, will
hear testimony from experts in the near future to determine how
best to help her carry and care for the baby, which is to be given
up for adoption.