AUSTIN (KXAN) — Twelve weeks into their pregnancy, an Austin couple received devastating news as they watched their baby through an ultrasound. The doctor said the baby had a birth defect, and wouldn’t survive long after being born.
"We were newlyweds, kind of high on life, to now living in a really low and dark place," said Stephanie Schoonover. "It just made you feel completely hollow because this is your baby and on-screen she looked perfect."
They were faced with a heartbreaking choice: terminate the pregnancy or carry it to term.
Dr. Shannon Abikhaled with the OBGYN Group of Austin, says most doctors recommend terminating the pregnancy for the mother’s physical safety. However, newer research suggests this might not be the best option for everyone.