Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June 2022, many women have worried about dying if denied abortion access.
This fear is understandable, but even states with more restrictions on abortion provide an exception for the life of the mother. If your life was ever in danger, you would not be denied life-saving medical care.
What Is Abortion?
An abortion is the termination of a viable pregnancy. There are two types of abortions: medical and surgical. During a medical abortion, two medications are used: mifepristone and misoprostol.
Mifepristone blocks progesterone and prevents the embryo from continuing to be implanted in the uterus. Misoprostol causes uterine contractions and expels the embryo and pregnancy tissue through the vagina.
During a surgical abortion, the provider uses medication or small surgical instruments to dilate the cervix. Then, they use a surgical tool called a curette or a gentle vacuuming technique to remove the pregnancy tissue from the uterus.
Currently in New York, abortion is legal up until viability. State law protects abortion, and multiple bills signed by the governor protect both patients and providers from other states’ laws.
What About Ectopic Pregnancy and Miscarriage?
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg attaches to a location outside of the uterus, such as in one of the fallopian tubes. A woman’s life can be threatened as an ectopic pregnancy grows.
This kind of pregnancy does not carry to term and is considered non-viable. They are also extremely dangerous if left untreated. The removal of an ectopic pregnancy, however, is not considered an abortion. Treatment for this condition is available in all states.
Miscarriage is very common during pregnancy. The Mayo Clinic states that about 10-20% of all pregnancies end in natural miscarriages.
Because miscarriages end without the termination of a pregnancy, they are not considered to be abortions. Miscarriage treatment is legal and available in all states.
Have More Questions?
Despite what news articles and broadcasts may say, it is important to know that you would receive the treatment you need if your pregnancy was ever life-threatening.
Have more questions about abortion or want to learn more about your pregnancy options? Contact Life Choices Center to make an appointment and receive our free, confidential support services. We are here for you!