Nevada court chooses life

Friday, November 16, 2012
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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.

Clement, Melissa (Nevada Right to Life)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.

Foster, Catherine Glenn (ADF)"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.

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