Among the arguments used for why women need abortion is that, without it, women’s health will be at risk. However, media outlets and pro-abortion advocates have consistently misled the public when it comes to specific details, such as the danger that ectopic pregnancies could pose to women in states with abortion restrictions.
In the months following the overturn of Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood even quietly edited its website to add to the confusion. A sentence that previously read, “The medical procedures for abortions are not the same as the medical procedures for an ectopic pregnancy,” was changed to, “The medical procedures for terminating a pregnancy in the uterus are usually different from the medical procedures for terminating an ectopic pregnancy” (emphasis added).
But an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when an embryo implants outside of the uterus, is not viable, meaning ending an ectopic pregnancy is in no way the moral or legal equivalent of choosing an elective abortion. But pro-abortion advocates don’t want to make that clear—until they have to.
Testifying before the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee last week, Planned Parenthood employee Bhavik Kumar made headlines for insisting that men can get pregnant. But Kumar, the organization’s medical director for primary and trans care, also made a different stunning comment that got much less airtime but has important implications.
During his testimony, Kumar said that, despite what his own organization seems to imply, state abortion restrictions are not preventing women with ectopic pregnancies from receiving care.
“To date and to my knowledge, there are no laws that outlaw care for ectopic pregnancies,” he said.
This is correct. All states with even the strictest abortion bans include exceptions for the life of the mother. Pro-life laws are designed to be just that: pro-life. This means that, despite what pro-abortion advocates say, they don’t exist to prevent women from getting the medical care they need. They ensure that not only is a woman’s life protected, but so is her baby’s.