‘Medical emergency’ abortion language needs clarification

Some legislators and lawyers are concerned that Missouri’s trigger law, which took effect June 24, has vague language that will cost people their lives.

The wording, they say, makes it unclear at what point doctors are able to intervene when someone has an ectopic pregnancy.

Chapter 188 of Missouri’s revised statutes — which contains the Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act — makes provisions for abortions in the case of medical emergencies: a situation that would “necessitate the immediate abortion of her pregnancy to avert the death of the pregnant woman or for which a delay will create a serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.”

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