But there have also been reports of pharmacies refusing to fill prescriptions for drugs completely unrelated to abortion and contraception that they believe could be used off-label to terminate a pregnancy. For example, the cancer drug methotrexate is also used by 90% of rheumatoid arthritis patients at some point, according to the Arthritis Foundation, but it can also be prescribed to induce abortions. And Accutane, the popular acne medication, can cause serious birth defects and miscarriages.
With the legality of abortion changing in some states by the week as court battles unfold, healthcare providers are grappling with the reality that they could face criminal charges if something like acne medication ends up terminating a pregnancy, delaying treatment for patients who aren’t. ‘t look for abortions.
2) Were you denied emergency treatment for a miscarriage or pregnancy-related complication?
The Biden administration has also warned hospitals that failing to treat a patient in the event of a medical emergency, such as a miscarriage or a life-threatening complication requiring an abortion, violates federal law — even in states that have banned the procedure.
Have you been refused medical care because a medical professional suspected you were pregnant or might become pregnant? Are you a healthcare professional who has seen a patient denied care because of someone’s personal beliefs about abortion or fears of violating state abortion bans?
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