The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust Statement on US Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v Wade ruling

24 Jun 2022 | By Munira

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is concerned over the possible impact on ectopic pregnancy care due to the overruling of Roe v Wade in the United States. This ruling means that individual states take control of abortion laws. Unfortunately, in recent political debates within certain states, treatment of an ectopic pregnancy as a serious medical condition has been incorrectly conflated with access to abortion services. This causes confusion and can lead to women questioning whether they should undergo necessary clinical treatment.

We strongly stress that:

• Treating an ectopic pregnancy is not the same as an abortion. An ectopic pregnancy occurs where an embryo implants in a location other than inside the cavity (space) of the uterus (womb). It is not medically possible to save a tubal ectopic pregnancy or move an ectopic pregnancy to the correct place and untreated ectopic pregnancy can be life-threatening for a woman.

• Healthcare professionals must be able to treat women diagnosed with ectopic pregnancy with unrestricted access to all clinical resources and without fear of threats, abuse, or litigation.

• It is important for women experiencing symptoms of ectopic pregnancy to seek medical attention and discuss with doctors the most appropriate treatment.

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