Abortion bans are a threat to patients. Doctors can and should resist them.

By M. Gregg Bloche and Sarah K. Werner
August 18, 2022

Initial reaction to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade has cast doctors as powerless — unable to protect their patients from an onslaught of state laws that compel people to bear children. But physicians do have power, and they can — and should — resist the threat that forced-birth laws pose to patients’ lives and well-being.

The states where abortion bans have already taken effect or are likely to in the near future all include exceptions that empower the medical profession to protect pregnant patients. These exceptions vary by state, but they all allow physicians some discretion to conclude that abortion is medically necessary and therefore lawful. They include language authorizing doctors to judge that continuing a pregnancy endangers a patient’s life; some, such as the Texas law, also permit physicians to terminate pregnancy in the event of “serious risk of substantial impairment of a major bodily function.”

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Republicans Want a New Weapon in the War on Abortion: Murder Charges

“If you want to spout, ‘My body, my body choice,’ you need to spend some time in our Arizona penal system,” said one state lawmaker.

by Carter Sherman

The U.S. anti-abortion movement is built on the belief that getting an abortion is tantamount to killing a child. Now, some abortion opponents want to turn that idea into law.

Legislators in at least three states—Arizona, North Dakota and Mississippi—introduced bills for the 2021 legislative session that would allow prosecutors to charge abortion providers with murder, as part of a massive wave of anti-abortion legislation that’s flooding statehouses across the country. So far this session, at least 143 abortions restrictions have been introduced in 25 states, and there's likely more to come.

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