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Medical complications from Dobbs

July 14, 2022

It is understandable that medical confidentiality, law enforcement secrecy, and journalist protection of sources would make it difficult to quickly verify the story that a ten year-old Ohio girl had to be taken to Indiana for an abortion. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost should have understood the difficulty, and not so quickly dismissed it. Now he just nods his head that her rapist has been arrested. In 2019, when that law was being debated, it was brought up then that it made no exception in cases like this, with the example of an eleven year-old girl then seeking an abortion. The question for Yost is whether he would enforce any future law that banned taking minors out of state for that purpose, arresting parents in such situations?

Due to changing abortion laws, a pharmacy in Austin has sent a letter to ob-gyns saying it would no longer fill prescriptions for methotrexate to treat ectopic pregnancy. While it is used for that purpose, methotrexate is most commonly used to treat arthritis  and other autoimmune diseases. Rheumatologists are finding their patients also are having difficulty filling prescriptions. Perhaps new physicians should start favoring blue states in planning their early career. Avoid Ohio. If that wasn’t already obvious.

Benjamin Franklin included an early 18th century herbal remedy for restoring menstruation to a woman who was late, in a math text he was eager to sell. Medicine has come a long way in the last three centuries. Any herbal that might cause abortion will contain some potent and toxic substances. If it might work, it also might kill you. Modern drugs are singular, targeted, tested, and provided in known form. Physicians have much better understanding of their therapeutic range and side effects.

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