South Dakota’s Family Heritage Alliance weighs in with its studied medical opinion on abortion:
South Dakota physician Jim Buchanan responds appropriately:
In stating “Abortion is never medically necessary,” Family Heritage Alliance is repeating a popular lie among the misogynist anti-abortion crowd that Reuters fact-checked last December:
“Yes, there are absolutely certain medical conditions that warrant us to very urgently encourage a woman to have an abortion,” said Stacey Beck, MD and Assistant Professor at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Physicians.
“One of the most common reasons I help women to terminate their pregnancy is because their water is broke [early in pregnancy] and they have an infection,” Beck said.
…A placental abruption, which is when the placenta starts to separate from the uterus, is another condition that could fatally impact a pregnant women’s life. It is “uncommon yet a serious condition,” the Cleveland Clinic states ( here ).
…Another condition in which staying pregnant comes at a very high risk of death for the mother is preeclampsia early in pregnancy (less than 24 weeks), Beck said.
…When asked if abortions are sometimes medically necessary to save a woman’s life, Elizabeth Janiak, ScD and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School also told Reuters, “The answer is clearly yes.”
One of them is “Situations in which people are beginning to miscarry, and they experience complications that threaten their lives but the fetus still has a heartbeat.”
Not being permitted to complete the abortion or delaying it in these cases “can be deadly, if someone is developing sepsis and they are not treated, and the cause of the sepsis is the pregnant tissue being infected,” she said [“Fact Check—Termination of Pregnancy Can Be Necessary to Save a Woman’s Life, Experts Say,” Reuters, 2021.12.27].
If a woman is dying because of a pregnancy, perhaps Family Heritage Alliance is saying that it is no more “necessary” to save her life than it is to give CPR to a person who collapses in front of us on the street and doesn’t have a pulse. Perhaps Family Heritage Alliance doesn’t want any of us getting in the way of God’s will. If that’s the case, I’d rather not go on a long bicycling trip or Black Hills hike with Norman Woods. I at least want to bring Dr. Jim or a good friend along who will actually help me if one of God’s creatures bites my leg.
If you’re sick, see a doctor. If you are intellectually and morally sick, see the Family Heritage Alliance—you’ll fit right in.