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Emergency Abortions Required for Pregnant Women

Emergency Abortions Required for Pregnant Women

United States: The Biden administration has told emergency  room doctors that they must perform abortions if it’s necessary to cover a pregnant woman’s health. This new rule comes after the Supreme Court didn’t decide if state abortions bans should stop hospitals from giving exigency care.

Important Letter to Health Experts and Hospitals

As reported in the U.S. News, In a letter transferred to experts and hospitals, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Director Chiquita Brooks- LaSure reminded hospitals that they must offer the right care to keep cases stable, which can include performing revocations.

“No pregnant woman or her family should have to even begin to worry that she could be denied the treatment she needs to stabilize her emergency medical condition in the emergency room,” the letter said.

It continued, “And yet, we have heard story after story describing the experiences of pregnant women who was presented to the hospital emergency departments with emergency conditions and being turned away because medical providers were uncertain about what treatment they were permitted to provide.”

Investigations and Enforcement

CMS will also resume the investigations into the complaints against the emergency rooms in Idaho after the Supreme Court ruled last week that the hospitals there must be allowed to perform emergency abortions for now despite the state’s abortion ban.

But the enforcement in Texas the country’s most populous state with a strict six-week abortion ban and will still be on the hold because of a lower court ruling.

Raising Awareness About Emergency Care Laws

The letter is the Biden Administration’s latest attempt to raise the awareness about the 40-year-old federal law that requires almost all the emergency rooms any that receive Medicare dollars to provide stabilizing the treatment for the patients in a medical emergency and when the hospitals turn away patients denies that care and they are subject to federal investigation and hefty fines and loss of Medicare Funding.

Advocacy for Spanish-Language Resources

Lupe Rodriguez, who is the executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice said her team has been talking with the HHS secretary for a few months to encourage the office to make tools available in Spanish. 

Latinas are more likely to be uninsured, lack access to prenatal care and live in states with abortion bans, she said. This is even more of a concern for Latinas with limited English language skills or who are in mixed immigration status families, she said.

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