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And so we talked about what would happen to women who lived in abortion-banned states who found themselves in the heartbreaking plight of my daughter's friend.
And, we wondered, what would this mean for obstetrician/gynecologists in those states? What obstetrician will even want to practice in a state where they might be put into the kinds of legal and ethical dilemmas that they'll face when the decisions they must make regarding the welfare of their patients are regulated by the state? What OB/GYN would want to weigh ending a pregnancy that could save a woman's life against facing a prison sentence if a state prosecutor decided that the treatment amounted to an illegal abortion?
It could well be that women in abortion-banned states may have to cross state lines not only for
an abortion, but to find a doctor to deliver their baby.
One of my daughters brought up data that women in all age groups and across all socio-economic spectra have abortions for a myriad of reasons, health-related, economic-related, survival related. I pointed out that if I were of the so-called pro-life persuasion, I would be campaigning for universal contraception, maternal and child health care, the availability of child care, early childhood education, and food security. But, my daughter pointed out, what would the availability of all those benefits do for a situation's like her friend's?
My daughters and I talked about how women's situations were invariably much more complicated than the idyllic images of motherhood portrayed in the so-called pro-life literature.
After we hung up I couldn't help but wonder how many girls were calling their moms that day.