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Republican lawmaker regrets voting for abortion law in viral video

Although rare, most deaths (about two-thirds) from pregnancy they are preventable. Still, about 700 women die in the US each year from pregnancy-related complications. It is worth noting that homicide was one of the leading causes of death during and after pregnancy in the United States from 2018 to 2019.

Furthermore, a person could be hemorrhaging or septic, and the fetus could still have a heartbeat.

(The United States actually has one of the worst maternal mortality rates compared to other rich nations, and it’s getting worse. In 2020, the rate stood at 23.8 deaths per 100,000 live births compared to a rate of 20.1 the previous year, according to the CDC. The maternal mortality rate for black women was 2.9 times that of white women. The risks generally increase with age.)

Waiting to pass the fetus also increases the chance someone will need emergency care, “which is never as good as planned care in terms of risks” because of the procedures and medications involved, White said.

Those who prefer to have surgery or take medication to control their miscarriage encounter different problems. These same procedures and medications are also used to induce abortion, which is why many doctors are hesitant or simply cannot perform or administer these options for fear of criminalization in states with strict abortion laws.

“When you have a nonviable pregnancy, there’s no medical benefit to delaying treatment. You want to treat the pregnant person. You want their health to be the first thing you focus on,” White said. road”.

Once someone with a nonviable pregnancy enters their second trimester, the game changes: Waiting to pass the fetus, the only alternative for many people in states with abortion laws, is no longer an option “because the risks are too great.” big, said the white man. Surgery is the only safe route in this case.

“Assuming all the risks of the first trimester and increasing its severity,” he said of second-trimester complications.

Ectopic pregnancy it is another potential problem that is not always protected by certain abortion laws. If an embryo forms in the fallopian tube, for example, its growth can cause the tube to burst, leading to severe bleeding and shock.

Molar pregnancies (when an egg and sperm develop into a noncancerous tumor in the uterus instead of a fetus) and damaged eggs (when an embryo never develops or stops developing) are other common types of nonviable pregnancies They can have serious health consequences if left untreated in the right time.

Only if a doctor considers a pregnancy to be immediately dangerous to the life of the pregnant person, and if the state allows exceptions for the health of the parents, can the necessary care be provided. But those decisions aren’t always easy to make because there’s no clearly defined threshold that determines when someone is about to die, White said.

Physicians could also be questioned and even criminalized for making these judgments that another unqualified person disagrees with.

“People could bleed for days or weeks and still not be at the level of danger where [a doctor] he feels comfortable stepping in,” White said.

The effects of anti-abortion laws can also have detrimental impacts on mental health. Even healthy, viable pregnancies are difficult. The CDC says 1 in 8 women experience postpartum depressionand that the rate of diagnoses of depression at the time of childbirth is increasing.

It’s even more mentally taxing for people who experience pregnancy loss and, in some cases, are forced to carry these fetuses to term, White said. “Now, instead of being able to end this pregnancy, grieve, heal, and then try again, they’re sitting with the fact that they have a pregnancy inside of them that won’t result in a baby that they definitely want, and no one will treat them.” , said.

“You can’t create bans that only affect people whose decisions you disagree with,” White said. “The health care bans can affect anyone who is pregnant, including people who are genuinely happy with that pregnancy.”

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