The abortion industry’s claim that post-Roe, state-level abortion restrictions prevent medical professionals from treating miscarriages is “wrong and endangering patients,” experts told the Daily Caller.
According to a Charlotte Lozier Institute legal study and a doctor who spoke with the news outlet, there are currently no state abortion restrictions that prevent doctors from removing fetal remains in cases of miscarriages or abortions that are determined to be medically necessary to save the life of the mother.
Dr. John Seago, president of Texas Right to Life, told the Daily Caller, “The abortion industry preys on fear and uncertainty, and their deceitful insistence that miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy treatment is restricted or inaccessible due to pro-life laws is both wrong and endangering patients experiencing these complications.”
Seago added that the treatment is “wholly permitted under all state pro-life laws.”
Some states have added language to abortion laws to clarify that miscarriage treatment is permitted. However, according to Dr. Christina Francis, obstetrician-gynecologist and board member of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, this acknowledgment is not legally necessary to protect miscarriage treatment.
“State-level bans on elective abortions do not stop physicians from treating miscarriages,” said Francis. “They stop physicians from intentionally ending the life of a human being in the womb for no medical reason. If a woman is miscarrying, the embryo or fetus has already passed away; the physician would not be ending a life by helping the patient’s body pass the pregnancy tissue.”
According to Seago and Francis, the false claims promoted by abortion activists have led to some instances where medical professionals have chosen not to provide timely care for women experiencing pregnancy loss due to incorrectly believing that they will face criminal charges or other serious consequences.
As a result of Ohio’s law, which bans abortion after a baby’s heartbeat is detected, a woman suffering from a miscarriage was denied timely treatment and sent home, according to an NPR article.
The piece admitted that Ohio’s law did not actually prevent medical professionals from providing the woman with necessary treatment; however, it stated, “When someone seeks care during a miscarriage, a pharmacist or doctor who suspects a patient is seeking an abortion might deny or delay providing treatment, fearing prosecution.”
Francis stated, “If the details in the article are accurate, this woman deserved better treatment, and the abortion laws in Ohio are not at fault.”
“It is the responsibility of hospital systems and medical organizations to ensure their physicians have an accurate understanding of their state laws and that they understand that treatments for conditions such as ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage are not prevented by any abortion restriction in any state in this country,” Francis added. “Narratives stating otherwise only scare women away from seeking treatment when they need it. Women deserve better.”
NPR did not reply to a request for comment, the Daily Caller reported.