RENO, Nev. (AP) – A Nevada couple is trying to block a judge from holding hearings that it fears could result in the termination of their mentally disabled daughter’s pregnancy.
The couple filed a motion asking the Nevada Supreme Court to halt the proceedings by Washoe County District Judge Egan Walker. They say he lacks authority to make such a decision for their 32-year-old daughter, who has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old.
The couple says they have exclusive authority over their daughter’s health care decisions as her legal guardians, and both they and the woman want to carry the baby to term in line with their Catholic religious beliefs.
The Supreme Court has set a noon Monday deadline for the judge and county officials to respond to the request to halt evidentiary hearings into the woman’s health. The hearings are scheduled to resume Tuesday.
The couple acknowledges the pregnancy poses health risks to their daughter and the baby, but they say medical experts back them in their decision to continue the pregnancy.
The woman was living in a Reno group home when she wandered away and became pregnant 13 weeks ago. It is not known how she got pregnant.