Insurance restrictions on abortion coverage harm patients

By Mansi Shah, M.D.

Giving birth to a child is a beautiful and thrilling experience. Even for those women who have desired pregnancies, however, this process is fraught with complications.

As a medical student, I learned that it was safer to have an abortion in the first trimester than to carry a pregnancy to term. During medical school and now residency, I have seen firsthand the changes to a woman’s body and complications that happen during pregnancy and childbirth. These range from pain, discomfort, and swelling to high blood pressure, hemorrhages, tears, blood clots, and many more. No woman should have to go through pregnancy and endure such risks if she does not wish to do so.

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