The subject of Ectopic pregnancies are nothing new. Pro-abortion advocates have been using this issue as an attempt to confuse and ultimately win over uninformed people naturally opposed to abortion. The problem is their premise is faulty and their intention is either misinformed at best or intentionally misleading.
Let’s examine the legitimacy of their claims.
Are Ectopic Pregnancies at risk with Roe overturned?
The pro-life community and movement has been very consistent about the nature and necessity of treatment for ectopic pregnancies. Most importantly, pro-lifer medical providers do not consider treating ectopic pregnancies an abortion.
- Treating an ectopic pregnancy has never been considered an abortion by pro-life obstetricians and the pro-life community.
- Even the most pro-life obstetrician will care for a woman with an ectopic pregnancy as it differs from elective abortion.
- Before Roe every pro-life state law had at least an exception for cases when a mother’s life was at risk, which includes ectopic pregnancies.
Alexandria Desanctis, from National Review, writes:
“No pro-life person I’m aware of — and, more to the point, no pro-life law that I’m aware of — would prohibit treatment for ectopic pregnancies. Indeed, pro-lifers don’t consider such treatment to be abortion at all. A direct abortion intentionally kills an unborn human being; treatment for an ectopic pregnancy, by contrast, intends to alleviate the health emergency for the mother by removing the improperly implanted child. The intended end of such treatment isn’t to kill the child but rather to save the mother’s life — this moral distinction is essential. This view is reflected by the fact that, before Roe, every pro-life state law had, at least, an exception for cases when a mother’s life was at risk.”
Maria Baer, from ChristianityToday, writes:
Dr. Skop said the confusion in terms—between using “abortion” to describe the medical procedure after a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy versus using it to describe an elective abortion—exists only in the public’s imagination and not in medical practice.
“Even the most pro-life obstetrician will care for a woman with an ectopic pregnancy,” she said. In fact, existing laws already protect women in such a situation from being denied care. “That is medical malpractice,” Skop said. “Period.”
Harrison said that in about 5 percent of ectopic pregnancy cases, the baby’s heartbeat is detectable even at the time of removal. Nevertheless, the baby has no chance of survival and could cause the mother’s death if it is not removed.