There are rare circumstances that women can face during pregnancy that necessitates termination of pregnancy. If this situation presents itself, and the woman does require such life-saving measures to be taken, a pregnancy can be terminated to save the woman’s life.

To Qualify for Life-Saving Treatment, Does a Woman Have To Live in States That Allow Abortions?

According to this recent letter from The Secretary of Health and Human Services, medical professionals everywhere must use expert judgment and give appropriate care whenever necessary to save a woman’s life. Healthcare workers should use any resources available to save a woman’s life when facing life-threatening conditions, no matter the location.

The state of the woman’s care or her residence does not matter in grave circumstances such as this. No matter where the woman receives the care or what state she lives in, care is lawfully supported and provided.

Is Treatment of Ectopic Pregnancy and Miscarriage the Same as an Abortion?

To understand the difference between treatments for miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy in contrast to abortion, first, it’s crucial to know the differences between these terms. Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies are pregnancy complications that can be life-threatening and are not viable. Elective abortions are usually a choice to end a viable pregnancy without the need for a life-threatening diagnosis behind the decision.

According to the University of Missouri School of Medicine, “Induced, elective abortion is in contrast to spontaneous abortion, or miscarriage, in which the embryo or fetus is involuntarily expelled because of accidental trauma or disease.”

Medical professional Patricia Santiago-Munoz, M.D., states the following about abortion in contrast to ectopic pregnancy, “Logically, treatment cannot be generalized as ‘abortion,’ particularly because many women with ectopic pregnancies planned to conceive and wanted to carry their pregnancies to term.”

Receiving treatment for pregnancy conditions varies from abortion due to the nature of the decisions. Abortion usually terminates a healthy pregnancy based on a woman’s choice; ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage typically require medical intervention as a life-saving measure for a pregnancy that is not viable.

What if I Still Have Questions?

If you still have questions and wish to learn more, we welcome you to contact us for a free, confidential appointment. Here at the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Terre Haute, we believe you have options and should be in control of those options.