Elizabeth Warren’s unhinged rants against pro-life efforts continued Wednesday when she fed into false claims about abortion bans preventing women from receiving medical care for miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies.
All pro-life laws allow treatment for ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages and abortions when the mother’s life is at risk. But abortion activists have been spreading false and misleading claims that these laws are to blame for women being denied medical care.
The Massachusetts Democrat launched an investigation into the matter this week, writing letters to medical organizations to ask how “state-imposed abortion restrictions” are hurting “women’s access to health care,” including for miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies, according to a press release from her office.
“There is no doubt that the blame for such tragedies lays squarely at the feet of extremist Republican state legislators who are willing to risk the lives and safety of women in their pursuit of a rightwing, misogynistic, and out-of-touch agenda,” Warren said in a statement.
However, Warren’s investigation is blatantly biased. According to her office, she only sent letters seeking information from medical groups that have taken a pro-abortion stance. One letter went to the abortion advocacy group Physicians for Reproductive Health.
Warren is not asking for information from pro-life or Catholic medical organizations that have treated women with miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies and other pregnancy complications for decades without needing to kill unborn babies in abortions.
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Her latest action comes just a few weeks after she claimed pro-life pregnancy resource centers “torture” women and called for them to be “shut down” all across the country.
UPI reports more about Warren’s investigation:
Among the reports cited by Warren include one concerning a Wisconsin woman who bled for more than 10 days due to an incomplete miscarriage.
The report from The Washington Post states emergency room staff didn’t want to remove fetal tissue from the unnamed woman out of fear that providing such care would violate new state-level abortion ban laws.
Another report cited by Warren concerns a Texas woman who was denied medical care after her water broke in the 18th week of her pregnancy.
Warren argued that pro-life laws are to blame for these cases and warned that the “threats” will grow as more states ban abortions in the coming months. Currently, 14 states protect unborn babies by limiting or banning abortions. As a result, approximately 150,000 unborn babies are being saved, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
“These initial reports are a harbinger of the threats faced by millions of women under state-imposed abortion bans and by their providers who took an oath to ‘do no harm,’” she wrote to the pro-abortion medical groups. “And as more states restrict abortion access, they will only multiply.”
However, numerous analyses and fact checks of state abortion bans show that the laws are not to blame.
Daniel Gump, a technical writer, software developer and pro-life advocate, recently conducted an in-depth analysis of state abortion laws to check abortion activists’ claims about ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage treatments. His research, which pro-life attorneys have verified, found wide-spread explicit exceptions in abortion bans that allow for these medical treatments.
When it comes to miscarriages, Gump said laws that ban or restrict abortion only “apply when the unborn child is alive during the act (induced abortion), but often those outside the medical industry erroneously conflate similar procedures performed after the unborn child has already died of a miscarriage (spontaneous abortion) …”
Much like with miscarriages, “ectopic pregnancies are not treated with induced abortions, but often those outside the medical industry erroneously conflate the two,” according to his research.
A new fact check from the Charlotte Lozier Institute came to the same conclusion, with researchers pointing out that pro-life laws protect both mom and baby and “pregnant women’s lives are protected in all states.”
Pro-life doctors also confirm that the laws are clear, and they have and will continue to treat women suffering from miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies.
Dr. Christina Francis, of the American Association of Pro-Life OB-GYNs, said treating ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages or other life-threatening conditions in pregnancy are not the same as elective abortions, which is what pro-life laws prohibit. Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration states that chemical abortions, or abortion drugs, cannot treat an ectopic pregnancy, Francis continued.
“I’ve never needed to perform an elective abortion, and yet I’ve been able to take care of women with ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages throughout my career,” she said.
Dr. John Bruchalski, a pro-life OB-GYN in Virginia and former abortionist, made a similar comment recently on Twitter.
“The Dobbs decision does not affect treatment for miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies,” he wrote. “It effects elective abortions. They are two different things. We are in a war of words and definitions … and hearts.”
Women’s lives matter to the pro-life movement, too. Many pro-life leaders have had miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies and abortions themselves, and they know the heartache of losing a child. The pro-life movement is based on the fundamental belief that every human life is valuable and deserving of human rights, and that includes every mother, every father and every child.