Missouri Bans Plan B: Likely Illegal In Missouri Post-Roe!

Missouri Bans Plan B: Likely Illegal In Missouri Post-Roe!

If Roe v. Wade is repealed, Missouri’s so-called “trigger law” could soon make abortion illegal. However, legal experts claim that the trigger law would have far broader implications than most people imagine.

According to Yvette Lindgren of the University of Missouri–Kansas City, the way Missouri’s trigger law is structured, paired with previous Supreme Court decisions, women who use IUDs, couples struggling to conceive children, and women who have miscarriages will be harmed if Roe v. Wade is reversed.

Missouri’s trigger law effectively states that if Roe v. Wade is reversed, abortion can be made illegal in one of three ways: by Governor Mike Parson, by Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s opinion, or by the Missouri General Assembly passing a resolution.

“All three, especially Schmitt, will be eager to do so,” says Anita Manion, a political science professor at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

The Missouri trigger law would make abortion illegal except in medical emergencies, yet there is no definition of “medical emergency.” The term “abortion” or “abortifacient” refers to more than only terminating a pregnancy through surgery or abortion pills.

“From the moment of conception and throughout its biological development, the law recognizes an unborn child as a human being,” Lindgren explains. “An unborn child is defined by the law as a conception, zygote, morula, embryo, and fetus.”

As a result, abortifacients such as the Plan B pill would be deemed emergency contraception. But intrauterine devices, which are used by more than 8% of American women, would, too, according to Lindgren. IUDs can be used for emergency contraception in addition to everyday contraception.

“If a human being begins at conception, modes of contraception will be criminalized under this rule,” argues Lindgren. “The argument is that the egg is fertilized with those forms of birth control, and the birth control method stops the egg from implanting into the uterus.”

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According to Lindgren, the 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby established the precedent for contraceptives to be legally categorized as abortifacients.

Hobby Lobby, a privately held corporation, refused to pay for health insurance for its employees, which would have required the company to pay for some contraceptives.

According to Lindgren, “no medical institution has ever declared [contraceptives] are an abortifacient.” “‘No, our sincerely held opinion is that life begins at conception, those are abortifacients,’ [Hobby Lobby] responded. ‘We will allow you to define it that way,’ the Supreme Court responded.”

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IVF and miscarriages:

Many legal and medical experts are warning that Missouri‘s trigger law may have serious ramifications for women who have miscarriages and couples who are having difficulty conceiving.

According to Lindgren, clinicians in Missouri would be hesitant to treat a woman who is in the early stages of miscarriage under the new status quo.

Lindgren uses the example of a pregnant lady who has had a miscarriage and arrives in the hospital hemorrhaging or exhibiting signs of infection or sepsis. The uterus is frequently evacuated as the best line of action. However, because this involves ending the pregnancy, studies show that doctors in Catholic hospitals, where abortion is prohibited, are cautious or unwilling to conduct the surgery.

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The patient faces serious hazards if treatment is not received. The experience of a Chicago lady who approached a Catholic hospital with signs of miscarriage is told in an ACLU report from 2016. Her uterus had to be removed and she had to wait ten days to be transported to another hospital. She had a 106-degree temperature at the time and was “dying of sepsis,” according to the report. The woman lived, but her brain was permanently damaged.

If Missouri’s trigger law takes effect, Lindgren believes doctors in the state will be under comparable pressure to avoid any surgery that resembles an abortion.

“If a doctor faces the threat of being criminally prosecuted and losing their medical license, they will not take that risk, even if they believe the chances of being prosecuted are low,” she says.

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Fertility clinics may be bound in a similar way:

Because the process of creating and harvesting eggs is challenging for women, doctors are now routinely fertilizing more eggs than are strictly required. The more eggs fertilized, the more probable one will be implanted successfully in the womb.

Doctors frequently implant many fertilized eggs in the same period.

“The doctor will undertake selective reduction if all of the fertilized eggs take,” Lindgren explains. “So, if five eggs are implanted, three of them will be removed so that the remaining two can live and be carried to term.”

According to Lindgren, Missouri’s trigger law would make that practice illegal. Fertility clinics would have to leave Missouri as a result of this. Those who remained could only provide a far more expensive and time-consuming process.

“In terms of legislation, abortion cannot be separated from the greater continuum of women’s health care,” Lindgren argues.