Texas abortion law complicates care for high-risk pregnancies
The only way to stop the heavy bleeding is to terminate the pregnancy and contract the uterus, Dr Moayedi said. Hurry up. âEach OB-GYN has looked after someone who died from a hemorrhage,â she said. âIf someone has a hemorrhage during a miscarriage, how long do I have to wait? “
Even if the mother’s life is saved, Dr Moayedi added, she may need an emergency hysterectomy or uterine removal, leaving her infertile.
Other complications that arise when a woman carries twins or multiples can be resolved by “selective reduction”, or abortion, of one fetus so that the other has a better chance of life. Failure to do so can, under certain circumstances, kill an entire fetus. Selective reductions are prohibited under new state law.
In other cases, a pregnant woman’s medical needs may conflict with those of her fetus.
Just months before the Texas legislature passed the new law, Dallas obstetrician Dr Robert Gunby Jr. was caring for a pregnant bride who suddenly began to lose weight. He was diagnosed with aggressive lymphoma, cancer of the immune system.
An oncologist urged the woman to start treatment immediately, but the chemotherapy regimen was reportedly toxic to the fetus.
“First she said, ‘I can’t, I want this baby so badly,'” Dr Gunby recalls. “But that was the only choice they had to save this young woman.” She finally agreed and treatment began as soon as an abortion was performed.
Fort Worth obstetrician Dr Palmer said one of his patients was trying to get pregnant after the new law came into effect and that she had consensual sex with her partner.