Can Women Die if They Can’t Have an Abortion?

Maybe you have concerns when it comes to abortion and access to it. Can women really die if they can’t have an abortion? While most abortions are not done due to life-threatening cases, if terminating a pregnancy is necessary, in certain situations abortion cannot legally be denied to women. 

Saving a woman’s life takes a significant priority in healthcare.

Treating Ectopic Pregnancies and Miscarriages

Medical treatment for ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages is very different than an abortion procedure. The University of Missouri School of Medicine shares, “Induced, elective abortion is in contrast to spontaneous abortion, or miscarriage, in which the embryo or fetus is involuntarily expelled because of accidental trauma or disease.” 

Women who choose abortion are deciding to terminate a viable pregnancy without a life-threatening diagnosis behind this decision. 

Treatment of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy happens when a woman needs to safeguard her health and seeks medical assistance (if needed) to remove the pregnancy that is not viable.  

Treatment for these pregnancy complications is NOT an abortion. 

Abortion is defined as the termination of an existing, viable pregnancy in the uterus. Patricia Santiago-Munoz, M.D., says, “Logically, treatment cannot be generalized as ‘abortion,’ particularly because many women with ectopic pregnancies planned to conceive and wanted to carry their pregnancies to term.”

Treatment for ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages in states that do not condone abortion should still be accessible. By law, women cannot be denied both of these types of life-saving treatments.

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You are not alone in your pregnancy decision. You have more than one option when it comes to your pregnancy. 

We provide a confidential, judgment-free environment to explore all options available. Education and a compassionate environment provide a safe place for you to weigh out your feelings and make an informed choice.

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