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May
13

Actions have consequences; the impact of abortion bans on healthcare access

Research indicates state abortion bans will deprive residents of healthcare. Newly minted MDs are avoiding states with restrictive abortion policies, as are physicians seeking advanced training in OB/GYN and primary care.

AAMC-sponsored research found there are fewer applications for residency and more advanced training in states with abortion limits. These are the physicians who deliver a lot of care to folks in the hospital and outpatient facilities.

Implications – untrained physicians and reduced access to healthcare.

From FierceHealthcare:

physicians without adequate abortion training may not be able to manage miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, or potential complications such as infection or hemorrhaging that could stem from pregnancy loss…

“The geographic misalignment between where the needs are and where people are choosing to go is really problematic,” she said. “We don’t need people further concentrating in urban areas where there’s already good access.”

What does this mean for you?

Poor people will suffer, not-poor people will be able to access care.

Remind me…is this how a great country treats its least fortunate?


2 thoughts on “Actions have consequences; the impact of abortion bans on healthcare access”

  1. Joe,
    In addition, these laws may create scenarios where doctors are committing medical malpractice. Doctors may have to weigh these 2 considerations, which may prompt some doctors to move.

    1. Jeffrey – excellent point…we – or rather they – they being the legislators are forcing a Hobbesian choice on physicians.

      And all in the name of “protecting life” – while doing just the opposite.

      be well Joe

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