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The Dire Consequences of Abortion Restrictions on Women's Health

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The Dire Consequences of Abortion Restrictions on Women's Health

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Abortion, a medical procedure often surrounded by misinformation and societal stigma, has become even more challenging in the US since the overturn of Roe v Wade in June 2022. This situation has had severe impacts on women who opt for late medical abortions due to life-threatening fetal abnormalities, further complicating an already distressing decision. In almost every case, these women want to have a child, but the decision is based on severe medical reasons.

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Increasing Difficulties in Scheduling Abortions

As reported by The Washington Post, the difficulty in scheduling abortions has led to longer wait times and more complex, costly, and riskier procedures. Half of the US states have laws that ban or restrict access to abortion, leading to increased demand for appointments at the remaining providers. The median wait times vary across states, with some states having waits of more than five business days to eight business days. This has necessitated people to travel out of state, causing some to miss the window for medication abortions, resulting in more complicated procedures.

Historical Decisions in Texas

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In Texas, a woman was allowed to terminate her pregnancy due to a lethal abnormality, as reported by The Texas Tribune. This historical decision came after the woman's doctors confirmed that continuing the nonviable pregnancy posed a risk to her health and future fertility. However, the state's abortion bans should not apply to people with complicated pregnancies, including those facing lethal fetal diagnoses.

Emergency Order for Abortion Granted

In another case, a Texas judge granted an emergency order allowing a pregnant woman with a fetus diagnosed with trisomy 18 to get an abortion, according to NBC News. The woman's life and future fertility were at great risk, and the judge's order also allows the doctor to perform the abortion without fear of prosecution.

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Greater Delays and Complications

As The LA Times reports, abortion delays have become more common in the US since Roe vs Wade was overturned. This has resulted in more complex and risky abortions, especially as pregnancies get further along. Many clinics don't offer the procedure due to laws that ban or restrict access to abortion. The necessity for people to travel out of state has increased the average driving distance to the nearest clinic in some states. Research also showed that the number of patients getting abortions at 14 weeks or later has increased in some clinics.

Myths and Facts about Abortion

Despite the increasing complexities and challenges surrounding abortion, there are numerous misconceptions about this medical procedure. A web page by Her Smart Choice debunks common myths surrounding abortion, providing factual information about medical procedures. The importance of having informed discussions and making well-grounded decisions is emphasized, along with addressing the emotional, physical, and financial considerations of choosing adoption as an alternative to abortion.

As the discussion around abortion laws continues, it's crucial to remember the real impact these decisions have on women's lives, particularly those facing complicated and high-risk pregnancies. The right to safe and accessible health care is fundamental and should not be compromised by political or ideological debates.

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