Interesting column at Above the Law. Will Doctors be afraid to treat cancer patients lest they run afoul of the new abortion laws and risk prosecution?
Pregnant cancer patients may die because doctors fear treating them could now count as illegal abortion, experts say
More on the subject in today's WaPo.
The rush to criminalize abortion is also opening up a separate front in the abortion wars that involves the treatment process itself. At its core is an unsettling question: How can a doctor be certain whether conducting an abortion to protect a woman from grave injury or death might constitute a crime?As one provider puts it, the fear of facing “extensive jail time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines” if medical professionals interpret the law incorrectly will lead to “patients being turned away for care that they desperately need.”