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No, Dobbs Doesn’t Stop Doctors From Treating Ectopic Pregnancies Or Miscarriages

Dobbs does not stop women from receiving medical care for an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, or any other potentially fatal complications.


Now that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade, leftists are lying to women that they will no longer receive life-saving healthcare in the case of an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage, even though states with abortion restrictions do not criminalize those treatments.

Meghan Markle is just one of the many purveyors of such dangerous disinformation that stems from outrage over the court’s Dobbs v. Jackson decision. In a recent interview with Vogue, Markle claimed “nobody should be forced to make a decision they do not want to make, or is unsafe, or puts their own life in jeopardy.”

“I know what miscarrying feels like, which I’ve talked about publicly,” she said. “The more that we normalize conversation about the things that affect our lives and bodies, the more people are going to understand how necessary it is to have protections in place.”

Several other people from pop singer Olivia Rodrigo to New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the San Francisco Mayor’s office and its Department of the Status of Women to Hillary Clinton peddled the lie that women “are going to die” in states where abortion was automatically banned via “trigger” laws following the release of Dobbs.

The corrupt corporate media tasked itself with echoing these pro-abortion talking points used by leftists to scare women into believing they will be tossed aside if their pregnancy has complications.

“This is the most consequential Supreme Court decision in decades. It changes the status of American women as citizens of the United States and as citizens of their states. That’s the big picture, but let’s not mince words. Women will die because of this ruling,” ABC senior correspondent Terry Moran said.

Thirteen states, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, had prearranged abortion bans called “trigger laws” that would immediately go into effect if Roe was ever overturned.

All of those states, except Tennessee which makes abortion exceptions if a mother’s life is in danger, included caveats that explicitly noted that complications such as ectopic pregnancies, which are fatal to the mother if left untreated, did not fall under the new restrictions.

According to research by Daniel Gump informed by state statutes, even 35 states, most without trigger laws, explicitly state that miscarriages do not fall under the purview of “induced abortion” bans.

There is a clear legal distinction between an induced abortion, which deliberately intends to end the life of the baby, and the medically classified “spontaneous abortions” such as an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, early delivery with the intent of saving the baby and/or mother, and preventing implantation of a fertilized egg.

Even with that distinction, 48 of the 50 states have clear exceptions for induced abortion if a mother’s life is in serious jeopardy. At least 15 states also have clearly detailed exceptions for abortions in the case of rape, incest, or if the baby in the womb has been diagnosed with a condition that will likely prove deadly. (See Gump’s research and state maps here.)

By muddling the line between intentional abortion, which aims to end the life of the baby in utero at all costs, and medical problems, leftists are trying to trick women into believing that conservative states don’t value life.

The left wants to fearmonger women into believing the Supreme Court is out for their lives but the bottom line is Dobbs does not stop any woman from receiving the medical care she needs for an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, or any other potentially fatal complications.