Biden’s ad features a woman who is forced to leave Texas to terminate a dangerous pregnancy

President Biden’s campaign is releasing a new ad featuring the testimony of a woman who was forced to leave Texas to terminate a planned pregnancy that put her life in danger.

In the 60-second video, dr. Austin Dennard, an ob/gyn and mother of three from Texas, says she became pregnant with the baby she “desperately wanted”. When she was 11 weeks pregnant, her fetus was diagnosed with anencephaly, a fatal condition in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull.

“In Texas, you’re forced to carry that pregnancy, and that’s because Donald Trump overturned Roe v. Wade,” she says, speaking directly to the camera. “It’s every woman’s worst nightmare and it was absolutely unbearable.”

The ad is part of an effort by the Biden team to center its campaign around abortion rights, which has mobilized voters since the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade in June 2022.

Mr. Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and top campaign aides have planned a series of events next week calling for protections for abortion rights to coincide with Monday’s anniversary of Roe. Access to abortion, Democrats argue, is one of many personal rights and freedoms that will be taken away if Mr. Trump wins the White House this fall.

The ad, which will run for a week, is aimed at suburban women and younger voters. It is scheduled to air during the season premiere of “The Bachelorand on channels known to attract female viewers, including HGTV, TLC, Bravo, Hallmark, Food Network and Oxygen. The ad will also run during next Sunday’s NFL conference championship games.

dr. Dennard is one of more than a dozen women suing the state of Texas to clarify the “emergency medical care” exception to the state’s abortion ban.

In July, she testified that because she was not “critically ill,” she did not believe she would qualify for an abortion under the “extremely vague and confusing” law. Separately, she also met with Jill Biden as part of an effort to raise awareness of abortion bans.

“Even a prayed-for, planned pregnancy can end in abortion,” she said he said to the first lady. “The state of Texas should not be making these decisions for me or anyone else.”

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