States will not prevent life-saving treatment for pregnant women post-Roe v. Wade, contrary to claims from liberal media outlets and politicians.
Democratic politicians including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, along with left-leaning media outlets like the New York Times, have said the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe may endanger or kill pregnant mothers. "I don’t mean to sound alarmist, I mean this: Women will die," Harris said in a recent interview. Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali said women will have to ask themselves, "Do I abort this ectopic pregnancy to literally save my life or do I go to jail?"
While the overturn of Roe has either outlawed or severely restricted abortion in at least 11 states, each include exceptions to save the life of the mother in medical emergencies. Nevertheless, Democrats are hyping these concerns over pregnant mothers' safety, and abortion advocates are spending millions of dollars to rally supporters before the 2022 midterms. Biden reminded his party last week before the Dobbs decision that "Roe is on the ballot"
The Texas "heart beat" bill, which prohibits abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, states that removal of an ectopic pregnancy does not constitute an abortion. Louisiana’s law prohibiting abortion after 15 weeks includes exceptions for ectopic pregnancies and other medical emergencies, along with the Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, and Wisconsin abortion bills.
Treatment for ectopic pregnancies, where the unborn baby develops outside the uterus, is not abortion, said Dr. Christina Francis, a board-certified OB-GYN and associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute. She said women will receive the same treatment for life-threatening conditions as when Roe was in effect.
"The intent of an abortion is to end the life of the developing fetal human being, while our intent when we treat an ectopic pregnancy is to save the life of the mother," Francis told the Washington Free Beacon. "We do a very different procedure than what's done for an induced abortion."
In Oklahoma, the state with the strictest abortion laws in the country, abortion is allowed when the doctor’s "reasonable medical judgment" determines it is necessary to save the mother’s life. Alabama allows abortions if the mother has a medical condition that requires "the termination of her pregnancy to avert her death or to avert serious risk of substantial physical impairment of a major bodily function." West Virginia, which criminalizes abortion, also allows exceptions with the "intention of saving the life of such woman or child." South Dakota’s 2022 abortion bill says a "procedure for the management of a miscarriage" is not an abortion.
Claims that the overturn of Roe will harm mothers who have miscarriages are also unfounded, according to Francis. If the unborn baby has died, "abortion laws, statutes, and even discussions don't apply," she said.
"There is intentional fear mongering being done," Francis said. "I think people who know better are trying to scare women and physicians in the general public into supporting abortion laws."