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Monday, August 08, 2022

Medicines that treat conditions from cancer to autoimmune diseases to ulcers can also end a pregnancy or cause birth defects. As a result, doctors and pharmacists in more than a dozen states with strict abortion restrictions must suddenly navigate whether and when to order such drugs because they could be held criminally liable and lose their licenses for prescribing some of them to pregnant women.



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Even if they can show their patients suffer from conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, some doctors worry they could be prosecuted for prescribing such drugs to a patient with an unintended pregnancy. Such patients are also at greater risk because they can no longer seek abortions in their home states should they accidentally become pregnant while taking such drugs - no matter how grievous the injuries to the developing fetus.

"Methotrexate is just the tip of the iceberg," said Traci Poole, a practicing pharmacist and faculty member at Belmont University College of Pharmacy in Nashville. "If you are of childbearing age, are you going to be denied medications that could potentially interfere with a pregnancy?"

Elections have consequences - especially when the selection of SCOTUS justices are implicitly on the ballot. But the also true corollary is policy decisions have consequences, and the rush to codify near total bans on abortion throughout red states is negatively impacting scores of women, totally unrelated to their reproductive activities.

These laws are being rushed without any discussion about their real-world medical and personal impact on the healthcare of women writ large. The GOP is in for quite the rude awakening come November, but keep it quiet. They don't seem to be noticing or they'd change their behavior.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-08-08 04:29 PM | Reply

Well this only makes sense

These "illnesses" are caused by the vapors of sin

People should think twice before spreading their legs to the devil

- - boazberlyringer

#2 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2022-08-08 05:15 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

This is a little over the top with hyperbole. We have processes in place. Just use the same process that we use to prescribe Accutane to someone of child bearing age. Dermatologists have been doing it for 20 years.
Could readily be adapted to methotrexate and other drugs.

#3 | Posted by mattm at 2022-08-09 05:15 PM | Reply

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