SB 2368 could have devastating consequences when a woman is experiencing medical complications. Most abortions take place in the first trimester of pregnancy. While later abortions are quite uncommon, it is important that a woman and her doctor have every medical option available. In states that have passed laws like this, some women and their families have been put into heartbreaking and tragic situations — needing to end a pregnancy for serious medical reasons, but unable to do so.
Call your state Representative right now at 701-328-3373 and urge a No vote on SB2368.
SB 2368 bill is about politics, not medicine. The bill has only narrow exceptions for a woman’s life and no exceptions for victims of rape or incest, or fetal anomaly. Some of the most dangerous pregnancy-related conditions occur or are diagnosed after 20 weeks.
The very narrow exception for a ‘medical emergency’ leaves many scenarios where a woman’s health may be at risk, but where a doctor — for fear of being prosecuted or simply because a woman’s health crisis does not rise to the definition of medical emergency — would not be able to offer a woman care she needs during what may be the most difficult time in her life.
While it is important for women’s health to be continuously improved based on scientific advancement, doctors, not politicians, should decide what information and care is best for their patients.
Bans on abortion after 20 weeks are often based on the mistaken idea that a fetus can experience pain. The world’s leading medical institutions that establish standards for reproductive health care, including the highly respected and trusted American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, agree that at 20 weeks, a fetus does not possess the structural and functional neurological capacity to experience pain.
Call your state Representative right now at 701-328-3373 to urge a No Vote on SB2368