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Opinion: Leave doctors and patients to make reproductive decisions
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Opinion: Leave doctors and patients to make reproductive decisions

Virginia critical care nurse Cate Weiss writes about how abortion bans criminalize medical care and put medical professionals in legal limbo, which in turn jeopardizes patient care.

Medical professionals are rigorously trained, and I am proud to stand among them. We work diligently to provide the best care for our patients and endeavor to do no harm. Governor Youngkin’s proposed 15-week abortion ban compels us to do the opposite. Under this bill, if a Virginia doctor performs an abortion because they believe a pregnancy will cause death or irreversible organ damage, and a jury disagrees, the doctor faces a 10-year imprisonment.

In states where abortion has already been criminalized, we see doctors refusing to treat pregnant patients – even when their livelihood is at risk – for fear of criminal prosecution. We see the criminalization of care extend even beyond pregnancy, with some pharmacists refusing to dispense life-saving medication that may cause spontaneous abortion in patients who aren’t even pregnant.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Virginian-Pilot. Click here to view the full article.

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