In the United States, the number of abortion related deaths fell after Roe v Wade in 1973 from 40 per million live births in 1970 to 8 per million live births in 1976. Risks of an unsafe abortion include: death, hemorrhage, infection, incomplete abortion, trauma, chemical burns, drug toxicity and a failed procedure. Governor Ivey comments on her signing of this massively misguided piece of legislation began with “no matter one’s personal view on abortion…”. There remains no meaningful space for a personal view that is at direct odds with medical facts. It is a fact that unsafe abortion is a major factor in maternal mortality and accounts for up to 13.2% of maternal deaths worldwide each year. It is a fact that one in eight pregnancy related deaths are the result of unsafe abortion. It is a fact that expanded access to safe abortion is critical to saving women’s lives. In Romania a repeal of laws banning contraception and abortion was associated with a 50% decline in maternal mortality in a year. These are all facts. @governorkayivey
just increased the risk of maternal morbidity and mortality with the stroke of a pen. That too will become a medical fact.