Pregnancy after 35 is more common. Is U.S. health care keeping up?

Sara Toups read countless stories about people who discovered problems later in their pregnancy who, because of abortion bans, couldnt access medical care. She feared that if she discovered any complications, no doctor in Louisiana would be able to help her.


This article was published in partnership with The 19th, a newsroom reporting on gender, politics and policy.

Sara Toups thought it was early signs of menopause.


Her breasts were sore, her belly bloated with discomfort. She started to wonder if she had missed her period. Shouldnt she have gotten it weeks ago?

Toups was 44 old enough, she figured, that any chance of pregnancy was long behind her. She had made peace with it. A former special education teacher, Toups had never made enough money, had never been in quite the right relationship to feel secure having a child.

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