Every State Abortion Ban Protects the Life of the Mother, Allows Lifsaving Medical Treatment

From 2022 Dobbs decision, the mainstream media spread the myth that the state’s pro-life laws proverbially tie doctors’ hands when treating pregnant women with life-threatening conditions like ectopic pregnancies.

The Washington Post ugly claimed that “doctors say these restrictions will complicate medical decisions for pregnant women, increasing the risk of death in a country that already has the highest maternal mortality rate in the industrialized world.”

The claim that abortion laws increase the risk of maternal death is an outright lie promoted by the media to strike fear into the hearts and minds of the public that women will not be able to access life-saving that medical treatment.

“Concern for the mother has never been a priority for supporters of abortion or Planned Parenthood. They have been complicit in covering up rape and human trafficking with little respect for the mother,” said CatholicVote Director of Government Affairs Tom McClusky. “This current hoax is intended to mislead the public without regard to the actual health risks to the mother.”

There are no state abortion laws that prohibit the diagnosis of life-threatening conditions or the provision of life-saving care in any potentially life-threatening situations that may require the separation of mother and child. Examples of these situations include, but are not limited to, severe gestational hypertension or preeclampsia, maternal heart disease, critical illness requiring intensive care, and cancer.

In some violent situations, even the teachings of the Catholic Church – which condemns abortion as an “intrinsic evil” – allow medical interventions to save the life of a mother resulting in the loss of her child. The principle that allows such actions is the “principle of double effect,” developed by St. Thomas Aquinas and adopted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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As a Catholic bioethicist resource it explains:

The classic case of a difficult pregnancy to which this principle can be applied is the pregnant woman with advanced uterine cancer. Removal of the cancerous uterus will result in the death of the baby but this is permitted under the principle of double effect.

…1) The work itself is good; it is the removal of the diseased organ. 2) One’s only intention is to remove the diseased organ. One does not want the death of the baby, either as a means or an end. However, one sees that the unborn child will die as a result of the removal of the diseased organ. 3) The good action, the healing of the woman, comes from the removal of the diseased uterus, not from the regretful death of the baby that is visible and accidental. 4) The accidental and indirect death of the child is not worth the good done, saving the life of the mother.

Such interventions, recognized as morally licit by the Church, are also protected under the law in pro-life states that have taken measures to protect the unborn during Dobbs.

“When severe medical emergencies arise that threaten the mother’s life, APPLAUSE (American Association for Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists) believes in ‘treatment to save the mother’s life,’ including early delivery if that is indicated — obviously with the patient’s informed consent,” AAPLOG said in a statement:

This is NOT “abortion to save the life of the mother.” We are treating two patients, the mother and the baby, and every reasonable attempt to save the baby’s life will also be part of our medical intervention. We recognize that, in some such cases, the baby is too premature to survive.

Perhaps the most common argument for maternal-life exceptions involves ectopic pregnancies, which make up between 1% and 2% of pregnancies in the United States.

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the uterus, such as the fallopian tubes. Such cases can be treated with laparoscopic surgery or a drug called methotrexate. Ectopic pregnancies often lead to the death of the baby and, if untreated, possibly the death of the mother.

Because ectopic pregnancies threaten the life of the mother, their proper treatment is not the same as abortion and has never been treated as such in any state’s pro-life laws.

One chance, Planned Parenthood admits that treating an ectopic pregnancy is not the same as an abortion. Following the Dobbs decision, the organization manipulated the language on their website to mislead women into believing there is no difference between the two methods, and that seeking treatment for an ectopic pregnancy is now widely illegal.

That’s right. Planned Parenthood deliberately misleads women dealing with serious pregnancy complications into thinking they cannot access life-saving treatment.

In such complex and rare cases, doctors must make their best judgments based on what will protect the mother’s life, even if it involves a difficult decision that results in the death of the baby.

According to Charlotte Lozier Institute“Doctors can make this determination based on their ‘sound medical judgment,’ a standard very common in the medical profession and used for any case involving medical malpractice litigation.”

“Although some laws contain definitions and exceptions that speak more clearly to certain situations, every law reviewed does not prevent mothers from receiving medically necessary care,” says the Charlotte Lozier Institute. . “A simple reading of any of these laws easily refutes the false and dangerous misinformation spread by pro-abortion activists.”

When it comes to saving a mother’s life, doctors don’t have to fear a felony conviction when their intervention results in the baby’s death.

Again, from the Charlotte Lozier Institute:

Further, none of the laws reviewed prohibit a medical professional from acting as necessary when faced with a life-threatening medical emergency; therefore, under these laws medical professionals can use sound medical judgment and as outlined in ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) guidelines, are not required to delay necessary care and treatment in a mother

Women who are denied treatment for their life-threatening conditions or simply told to abort their children are ultimately victims of medical malpractice. For some doctors who fear malpractice lawsuits, abortion is just a lazy “solution”. in a complicated pregnancy. (See also the CatholicVote article on rape and incest cases.)

There are alternatives many doctors who specializes in such cases and may seek a second opinion.

With the help of their doctors, women facing life-threatening situations should be empowered to make informed decisions about their health and the lives of their babies without being misled by fear-mongering advocates and pro organizations -abortion.

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