A fresh fact check report from the Charlotte Lozier Institute pushes back on a mainstream narrative about pro-life states and finds that the 23 states with the strongest pro-life laws enable abortions to save lots of the mothers life.
The July 27 report examined the written text of laws in the 23 states with abortion bans which were unenforceable prior to the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade. It discovered that all 23 permit abortion in those rare and heartbreaking circumstances when it’s essential to save the life span of a pregnant woman.
Abortion advocates are spreading the dangerous lie that life-saving care isn’t or may possibly not be permitted in these states, resulting in provider confusion and poor outcomes for women, the report says.
The reports authors, Mary E. Harned and Ingrid Skop, say they hope the report benefits doctors who reside in the 23 states and so are unsure about their respective laws.
An ordinary reading of these statutes easily refutes the false and dangerous misinformation being spread by pro-abortion activists, Harned said. Further, none of the laws prohibit a medical expert from acting as necessary when facing a life-threatening medical emergency. To claim otherwise is either ignorance of regulations or willful misrepresentation at the trouble of women and their unborn children who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
A listing of the report says laws in the 23 states allow necessary and timely treatment for miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, along with other procedures essential to save the life span of a pregnant woman.
Physicians in the 23 states could make the determination predicated on their reasonable medical judgment about whether an abortion is essential to save lots of a mothers life. That standard is quite common in the medical profession and useful for any case involving medical malpractice litigation, the report says.
Physicians are trained to utilize their finest judgment to look after patients; however, it could be prudent for state medical boards, state medical societies, state boards of pharmacy, hospital quality committees, and hospital attorneys to supply more descriptive guidance to doctors on how best to reach a determination that abortion is essential, the report says. Tragically, this kind of guidance appears slow in coming.
Even though some of the laws in the 23 states contain definitions and exceptions that more explicitly talk with certain situations, each law reviewed will not prevent mothers from receiving the health care necessary.
An ordinary reading of these statutes easily refutes the false and dangerous misinformation being spread by pro-abortion activists, the report says.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press,Christianity Today, The Christian Post, theLeaf-Chronicle,the Toronto Star andthe Knoxville News-Sentinel.