Patients May Not Receive Miscarriage Care in a Post-Roe America
Doctors will be cautious about offering any treatment that could be termed 'illegal'
For those wondering how miscarriages would be managed in a post-Roe America, Texas could be a frightening harbinger.
In December 2021, Anna, a woman who lives in Central Texas, was 19 weeks pregnant when her water broke on her wedding night. It was too early in the pregnancy for the baby to have a chance of survival. But not only was Anna going to lose her child, she was also at high risk of going septic or bleeding out, NPR reported. And because of the strict abortion laws that had taken effect that September in Texas—where ending a pregnancy is only allowed if there is “danger of death or a serious risk of substantial impairment of a major bodily function”—her doctors told her they couldn’t terminate the pregnancy. It meant that Anna was left with no choice but to fly to Colorado to receive care. She booked front-row seats to be close to the bathroom in case she went into labor on the flight.
If Roe is overturned, Anna's case likely won't be the last. "That's the kind of thing we're going to be seeing more and more," warned Maya Manian, a professor at American University's Washington College of Law who focuses on healthcare access and reproductive justice and rights.
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