As the Texas Senate takes up the controversial bill designed to reduce the number of abortions, one local mom says the bill might well have had the opposite effect in her life.
Cindy Mahler was pregnant with her son, Jake – conceived through artificial insemination – when she was hit with a profound case of depression.
In the depths of her misery, Mahler says she begged her doctors to terminate her pregnancy.
"When you have depression that bad," Mahler said, "you don't know if you're going to get better and if you can take care of that child. And that's what scared me."
Mahler later discovered her depression had been triggered by the hormones she'd been taking to support the pregnancy. The condition was diagnosed and treated before she had to make a decision about the fate of her baby.
But she says if Texas had the same 20-week ban that is currently before the Legislature, she would have had to decide a month earlier.
And she might have chosen to terminate the pregnancy, a decision she now knows would have been a grievous mistake.
"This bill might've changed my outcome if I was forced to make a decision," Mahler said. "I'm not saying I would have aborted. I don't know what I would have done. But those were my thoughts."