WATCH: Joe Biden Lies, Falsely Claims Abortion Bans Prevent Treatment for Miscarriage

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 8, 2022   |   1:02PM   |   Washington, DC

Joe Biden lied to the women of America today and falsely claimed that overturning Roe v. Wade means hospitals and doctors will not treat women who have suffered the tragedy of a miscarriage.

The fact is that abortion bans do not stop treatment for women who have had a miscarriage, because a miscarriage is not an abortion.

As Doctor Ingrid Skop explained, protecting babies from abortion does not stop doctors from helping mothers who have faced a miscarriage.

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Skop received her Bachelor of Science in physiology from Oklahoma State University and her medical doctorate from Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Skop is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Skop served for over 25 years in private practice in San Antonio, where she delivered more than 5,000 babies and personally cared for many women who had been harmed, physically and emotionally, from complications due to abortion.

Abortion advocates in the media sometimes predict that physicians in states with restrictive abortion laws will be unable to treat women suffering spontaneous abortions (miscarriages) because the treatments are similar to provision of early induced abortions. This should immediately be recognized for the fearmongering it is.

Once diagnosed, an early pregnancy loss can be treated in several ways: expectant management (watchful waiting) may be employed if the miscarriage appears to be occurring naturally, a dilation and suction procedure removes the tissue in a minor surgery, or medications to cause uterine contractions may be given to hasten the process.

Misoprostol is often used because it is readily available, but those with access to mifepristone (the restricted component of the medical abortion regimen) sometimes add that to misoprostol for miscarriage management. It should be noted that mifepristone is dispensed under a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS), so only registered abortion providers have access to mifepristone for prescribing chemical abortion. Texas’ definition of abortion explicitly excludes miscarriage management, as do the definitions of many other states.

It is clearly the standard of care for any physician to intervene in a pregnancy that presents a risk to the mother’s life. Laws restricting induced abortion will not prohibit such an intervention.

Meanwhile, a new video from the American Association of Pro-Life OB-GYNs dispels the myth that banning abortions would prevent doctors from providing life-saving care to women who suffer miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies.

Dr. Christina Francis, an OB-GYN and board chair of the medical association, said it is really important to clear up the misconception, especially with all the talk about the U.S. Supreme Court likely overturning Roe v. Wade this summer.

Without Roe, states will be allowed to protect unborn babies again, and experts predict as many as 26 will do so. But abortion activists are spreading lies about these abortion bans endangering women’s lives.

Francis said pro-life laws do not stop doctors like herself from providing life-saving care to women. These laws always include exceptions if the mother’s life is at risk, and Francis said miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies are not the same as elective abortions.

“I think we need to be exceedingly clear: Treating an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage is not an abortion,” she said. “And my ability to treat these conditions would not be hindered by a state outlawing abortion.”