April 20, 2023 at 11:10 a.m.


By Levi Zimmerman-news@thedemocrattribune.com

I have some opinions that I won't discuss publicly. My thoughts on the following matter are my own. I don't like women being placed in harm's way when their health is being jeopardized in any manner. I don't like when they are denied medical care when they are having a miscarriage, carrying a fetus that has died, or undergoing an ectopic pregnancy. My opinion arises from what women are enduring due to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022. Doctors fear legal prosecution if faced with treating women who have pregnancy complications. They can be jailed and lose their licenses if they don't follow new laws dealing with a woman's body and the cessation of reproductive rights.
According to a July 19, 2022, news article in mysanantonio.com, a Texas doctor told a woman named Marlena Stell twice that the fetus inside her womb was no longer living, but she was denied a D&C, a dilation and curettage, to remove the dead fetus to prevent infection and long-term health issues. The fetus had been dead two weeks before medical intervention finally was granted. By then, Stell had undergone three ultrasounds and was experiencing intense physical pain and often unable to walk. "Experts say carrying a dead fetus can lead to an infection that can actually make a woman unable to have children ever again, organ failure, or even death for the woman," the reporter wrote. As a result of her experience, the woman and her husband have considered the possibility of moving out of Texas.
Texas' anti-abortion laws and the overturning of Roe v. Wade were responsible for the woman's inability to get clearance for a medical procedure when she initially learned the fetus was dead. The woman was denied medical care in Texas when she needed it most.
A news report in theguardian.com Sept. 14, 2022, focused on the turmoil Nancy Davis, a Louisiana woman, underwent. "An expectant Louisiana woman who was carrying a skull-less fetus that would die within a short time from birth ultimately traveled about 1,400 miles to New York City to terminate her pregnancy after her local hospital denied her an abortion amid uncertainty over the procedure's legality," the reporter wrote. The woman was denied medical care in Louisiana when she needed it most.
Many states' laws following Roe v. Wade being overturned confuse the medical community and cause fear when physicians are faced with the possibility of treating a patient with an ectopic pregnancy, a pregnancy that does not occur inside the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy often occurs in the fallopian tubes, on an ovary, or elsewhere and is not viable. A headline in statnews.com July 5, 2022, said "'A scary time': Fear of prosecution forces doctors to choose between protecting themselves or their patients." A fallopian tube that ruptures during an ectopic pregnancy can cause severe bleeding, infection, and even death, myclevelandclinic.org said. Women could be denied medical intervention when they need it most.
How in the Sam Hill did the U.S.A. ever reach this point? Women have lost their rights to reproductive care and medical intervention when they are vulnerable and faced with the possibility of long-term health issues or death if pregnancy complications arise. Women must have constitutional rights to protect their lives. Why has the justice system determined women are without value and should not be guaranteed this form of health intervention?
What is the current understanding in Wisconsin?