Emergency room doctors have been advised to be on the lookout for patients who took abortion pills without first receiving a screening for an ectopic pregnancy, a concern some pro-life groups have also raised after the Food and Drug Administration loosened restrictions on the use of abortion-inducing drugs.
Dr. Ingrid Skop, an OB-GYN who serves as a senior fellow and the director of medical affairs for the pro-life research group, the Charlotte Lozier Institute, said this type of situation has been a concern for a long time, going back to the FDA’s removal of the in-person requirements for the abortion pills in December 2021.
Addressing concerns about safety following a published article in The New England Journal of Medicine, titled “Discovery of an Ectopic Pregnancy after Attempted Self-Managed Abortion,” Skop said the doctors who wrote the article published in NEJM “seemed to miss the point by saying emergency room physicians be aware that this could happen.”
“Rather than saying, wait a minute, let’s back this up. If we’re going to provide chemical abortion pills, let’s make sure we do it in the safest way for women by requiring the woman to have in-person medical supervision, where she receives an ultrasound before her abortion, so that we know for sure that we are not treating a woman with a chemical abortion who, in fact, has an ectopic pregnancy.”
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