Planned Parenthood, the face of the U.S. abortion industry, changed language on its website last week concerning ectopic pregnancies and the procedures to correct them.
Several states have enacted new abortion bans or restrictions in recent weeks. The changes followed the Supreme Court’s decision last month to overturn Roe v. Wade.
For the record, Planned Parenthood performed 354,871 abortions in fiscal year 2019 and nearly 3 million from 2011-2019. It is also the nation’s second largest provider of hormone therapy for those who identify as something other than their birth gender.
An ectopic pregnancy is a very dangerous situation for the mother, and all of the new abortion restrictions recognize this. A fertilized egg, instead of implanting in the mother’s uterus, becomes implanted somewhere else — usually in a fallopian tube.
The fetus cannot survive outside of the uterus, and without removal through surgery or medication will grow and almost certainly rupture the tube. The result is heavy bleeding and possibly death.
Many doctors note that treatments for ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages are far different than abortion procedures. Also, every state’s “trigger law” made exceptions to save the life of the mother.
After the Supreme Court decision, eight states banned abortions and five others have bans that are fighting their way through court. Of the 13 bans implemented or sought, eight specifically do not define procedures to save the mother’s life from an ectopic pregnancy as abortions.
The other five allow exceptions when the mother’s life is endangered. In other words, even these 13 states do not consider removal of the embryo from the fallopian tubes or elsewhere to be abortion. Rather, it is potentially saving the mother’s life.
This is a far cry from the left’s unhinged panic over “lives being lost” due to dangerous ectopic pregnancies.
Planned Parenthood explicitly altered the language on its webpage to remove references to ending a uterine pregnancy. Instead it redirects focus to the location of the embryo and the procedures available to end the ectopic pregnancy.
It also made clear that the “medical procedures for a ectopic pregnancy” are different from those of an abortion.
Leftists since even before the Supreme Court sent abortion decisions back to the states have cried foul over “dangerous” situations for pregnant mothers. But, as Planned Parenthood and others must realize, every state has enshrined protection of the life of the mother into their laws.
To say otherwise is simply fear-mongering.