Imagine you had a medical condition that was treatable, but potentially life threatening. Do you seek medical help, or just wait and see if it “resolves” on its own.
That’s the approach that more and more anti-choice activists are pushing for women who have ectopic pregnancies (a pregnancy that implants in the fallopian tube rather than in the uterus), and now they are twisting new studies to support their belief.
An ectopic pregnancy, when discovered early, can be easily treated with a shot of methotrexate, which will end the pregnancy and allow the body to miscarriage in the beginning stages of pregnancy. As a result, there is no issue of potential damage to the fallopian tube, meaning less likelihood of injury or death to the mother and greater chance and keeping full fertility.
But those who argue against abortion are even arguing against it in cases of possible injury or death to the woman carrying the fetus and are willing to twist studies to do it. A recent article in Lifenews states that “‘catastrophic outcomes’ that occur when ectopic pregnancies are misdiagnosed and then ‘treated’ with chemical abortions – something the authors say amounts to a ‘serious public health issue.’”
Of course the key here is “misdiagnosed,” meaning that these pregnancies were never actually ectopic in the first place. The author then cites that the study claims that “40% of initial diagnoses of ectopic pregnancy are erroneous,” a number that is both astounding and likely incorrect, as the study they are quoting cites just eight cases of misdiagnosed ectopic in three different centers all together over a period of eight years.
The author then claims that if left alone, “eighty percent of mothers with ectopic pregnancy will experience spontaneous resolution,” another clear misreporting of a clinical study. In fact, 80 percent of ectopic pregnancies with an hcg (a hormone created when pregnant) of less than 1000 will resolve by themselves, where as all ectopic pregnancies with a higher hormone level than that must be dealt with medically. An hcg of less that 1000 is a sign of an nonviable pregnancy that will not end up being carried to term.
In other words, 80 percent of those ectopic pregnancies that appear to already be in the process of miscarrying are likely to resolve on there own. But not the majority.
So how do anti-abortion activists suggest women who are having an ectopic pregnancy proceed? According to them, ignore it until you are in severe pain and bleeding, and then the condition is officially “life-threatening” so they can justify removing the tube, which will kill the embryo. And if you suffer adverse effects, if it’s much more costly and painful, if the recovery is longer or you have a hard time conceiving again due to the lost tube, or even worse, if you die from blood loss, well, at least no one purposefully “murdered a pre-born baby.”
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