With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, many women have come to worry about their safety if access to abortion services is now illegal. However, all states, regardless of abortion bans, cannot legally decline abortion if it is necessary to save a woman’s life.
Will I be Able to Receive Care for Miscarriages or Ectopic Pregnancies?
Ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages are different than elective abortions. Elective abortions usually end viable, healthy pregnancies that are in the uterus.
Ectopic pregnancies occur when a fertilized egg or embryo grows outside the uterus and, therefore, cannot survive. Left untreated, they can cause life-threatening issues for the woman, including bleeding and organ damage.
Miscarriages often occur when the fetus isn’t developing as expected. They are more common than you think and may require medical treatment to protect the mother’s health.
It is crucial to verify your pregnancy to know your options and to protect your health by ensuring that you do not have an ectopic pregnancy or have suffered a miscarriage.
Do I Need to Travel to a State that Allows Abortion To Receive Emergency Life-Saving Medical Treatment?
If you seek emergent or life-saving treatment, you do not need to live in or be in a State that still offers abortion. Even states with total abortion bans, like Texas, still must provide life-saving treatment when necessary to protect a woman’s health and well-being.
According to EMTALA or the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1986, all emergency healthcare professionals are required by federal law, regardless of the State, to provide life-saving medical treatment to patients with emergency medical conditions, including pregnant patients. This letter from the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services of the United States provides more information.
If you are pregnant or think you are pregnant, it is essential to verify that you don’t have a life-threatening pregnancy.
Schedule an appointment with us today if you have questions about your options. You’re not alone; we are here to help you on this journey.