Following the reversal of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, many women have become concerned about what access they can have to emergency medical care during pregnancy complications.
But while it may make for viral videos on social media, the claim that women won’t receive important medical treatment for any pregnancy complications they have is simply not true.
In fact, even in states with restrictions on abortion, like Pennsylvania, the law specifically allows medical professionals to use all necessary means to protect a woman who is pregnant and facing a medical emergency.
What About Miscarriages and Ectopic Pregnancies?
Two prevalent pregnancy complications that often require medical intervention are early miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies.
Ectopic pregnancies, a major concern during pregnancy, are generally identified by healthcare professionals using an ultrasound. This condition occurs when a pregnancy occurs outside of the uterus, such as when a fertilized egg attaches to a fallopian tube.
Upon diagnosis, immediate medical treatment is provided as the condition can lead to severe pain, dangerous bleeding, and in some situations threaten the life of the woman.
Similarly, miscarriages are a frequent complication affecting 10-20% of women during pregnancy. A miscarriage occurs when a pregnancy is no longer viable, usually due to abnormal development rather than any fault of the woman.
When a miscarriage happens it is always recommended that a woman seek medical care. In some cases, medical intervention is required to help the body expel the pregnancy and prevent complications like life-threatening infections.
Can Medical Treatment Be Obtained in States with Abortion Bans?
Yes, even in states with abortion restrictions, when pregnancy complications necessitate termination, it is legally allowed under state laws.
Additionally, the secretary of Health and Human Services has issued a letter confirming that regardless of state laws, termination of pregnancy to save the mother’s life is legally sanctioned.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and feeling overwhelmed the best thing you can do is get the facts you need about your pregnancy and what options are available to you in your state.
Confirming your pregnancy with a medical-grade pregnancy test is a great place to start. You should also receive an ultrasound scan—this can provide valuable information about the viability and age of your pregnancy and can also rule out complications like an ectopic pregnancy.
The staff at Chester County Connect Care is here to help you. Our team can provide you with a medical-grade pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy and a follow-up ultrasound scan if necessary, all at no cost to you.
We can also walk you through all the options available to you, as well as answer any questions or concerns you have.
Contact us today to schedule your free and confidential appointment. Getting all the information you need about your pregnancy and the options available to you will empower you to make the best decision for your health and future.