The woman who was denied an abortion in Iowa said she’s sick of seeing people die because she can’t get her own medicine.
The decision by the Iowa Board of Medicine to deny Sandra Bland’s abortion in October prompted her to file a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday.
“This is a horrible injustice, and it has destroyed my family,” Bland, a 28-year-old black woman, told The Associated Press in an interview from Iowa City.
“I’m not going to sit by and do nothing.
I can’t go to work.
I have to do something.”
The Iowa Board on Tuesday ruled against Bland’s request for an abortion because she had been diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, which is characterized by high blood pressure, high cholesterol and anemia.
Bland had a blood pressure of 130/85, and her level of cholesterol was high, according to the Iowa Department of Health.
She also had a liver condition that made her more likely to have severe liver damage.
“It is a terrible thing that the board has done to my family and me,” Bland said.
“It has destroyed our lives.”
The Associated Press reached out to the Board of Medical Examiners for comment, but it did not immediately respond.
Bland’s attorney, Thomas G. McBride, said he was disappointed in the decision and hoped the board would reconsider its ruling.
“I believe that they should reconsider the decision,” McBride said.
Blessed to be pregnant, Bland said she has struggled to pay her bills and her children’s school fees, but she’s not discouraged by her situation.
“They’re making me suffer for my own good,” she said.
“You can’t just put your head in the sand and say, ‘Well, it’s the right thing to do,'” Bland said, adding she’s considering filing a lawsuit against the state.
Breda Bland, Sandra Bland and Sandra Bland.
(Courtesy of the family)The lawsuit alleges that Bland’s life is in danger because of the state’s refusal to grant her an abortion.
Bland, who was born with cerebral palsy, was arrested in October for a traffic violation, according the lawsuit.
She was jailed and her car towed to a police station.
Baldwin, a member of the Black Lives Matter movement, was one of the three black women who were fatally shot by police during protests in Minneapolis and St. Paul last year.
The Minneapolis police department is under investigation by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.
The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Iowa City, Iowa.
Bart Bland was a teenager when she was arrested for driving while her blood-alcohol level was .09 percent or higher, according an affidavit obtained by The Associated Images by The Des Moines Register.
She told the Iowa City newspaper in October that she was driving with a blood-oxygen level of .03 percent or above when officers stopped her.
Barton’s mother, Breda, said she didn’t understand why Bland would have been stopped at a red light when she had no previous traffic violations and no alcohol in her system.
“That’s not what we’re trying to say to people,” she told the AP.
“This is just like a traffic stop, a stop and a search.
You have a right to be able to drive.
That’s what we said.”
A state official said in a statement that the department was working with the attorney general’s office on the matter.
A doctor who performed Bland’s procedure, Dr. Brian Miller, said the state was aware of the legal challenges that might arise from the abortion decision.
“We are fully committed to providing high-quality care to our patients,” Miller said.
The Des Moines judge overseeing the case said he is considering a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, but the judge said the issue is not moot.
“The judge is entitled to his or her opinion,” said District Judge Robert A. L. Ladd.