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She was told her twin sons wouldn’t survive. Texas law made her give birth anyway

Miranda Michel, 26, couldn’t leave the state for an abortion. But she also couldn’t bear the idea of carrying a nonviable pregnancy to term.

Miranda Michael
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Miranda Michel, 26, learned at 16 weeks that the twins she was carrying would not survive. But Texas law does not allow abortions in cases of lethal fetal anomalies. Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune


Abortion Sign
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Every week, Miranda traveled from New Boston to Dallas for doctors' appointments. Early on, she looked forward to these trips, sure her doctors would find a solution, but by the end, she forced herself to stop looking for caveats where none existed. Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune

Langley Twins
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Helios and Perseus Langley were born and died on Aug. 9, 2023. Miranda, Levi and his parents spent the next day with the babies, before they went to the funeral home, and invited a reporter and photographer to document the experience. Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune


Miranda never made it to the Ronald McDonald House. In early August, at 31 weeks along, her body decided it was time to bring this pregnancy to an end.

Langley Couple
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After months of heartbreak, a two-hour surgery and watching her sons die in her arms, Miranda was surprised she had any grief left inside her. Saying goodbye at the funeral was one of the hardest moments of her life. Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune

Langley Twins Funeral
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"I told Levi, be there for her when she needs you, and she's going to be there for you when you need it," Angela said. "And if y'all both break down at the same time, just hold each other up. That's how you're going to get through this." Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune