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The overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022 brought many changes to abortion laws nationwide. There’s a lot of information floating around, and it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. 

You deserve the truth

Here are some answers to common questions that women often wonder with an unplanned pregnancy.

Can women die if they can’t have an abortion?

Even in states that have abortion bans, abortion cannot legally be denied if it is necessary to save a woman’s life. Currently, Oregon does not have an abortion ban. 

Are ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages the same as an abortion?

Ectopic pregnancies occur when a fetus develops outside the uterus and, therefore, cannot survive. If left untreated, ectopic pregnancies can result in life-threatening complications, like bleeding and organ damage.

Miscarriages are much more common than people realize, occurring in up to 20% of pregnancies worldwide, and most occur very early on in a pregnancy. A miscarriage occurs when the fetus is not developing as expected.   

Both are different than elective abortion in that elective abortions are most often a choice to terminate a pregnancy, whereas ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages happen naturally. 

It is essential for your health that you should seek a medical professional if you think you might be pregnant to ensure that you don’t have either an ectopic pregnancy or have suffered a miscarriage. 

We offer free, confidential appointments for lab-quality pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and decision-coaching to help you know your options and feel confident in your choice.

Can I still receive emergency treatment for my pregnancy if I am visiting a state with an abortion ban?

Even if you find yourself in a state that has made abortion illegal, they must still provide life-saving treatment for those with emergency medical conditions, including pregnant women.

This letter from the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services provides more information on the law, called the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).


We’re here for you. Call us today to schedule a free and confidential appointment today to learn about your options. It’s your choice, and we want you to feel confident in your decision.

This post is for education and information purposes only and does not substitute the advice of a Healthcare Professional. 

Dove Medical offers pregnancy diagnosis, decision coaching, and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion services.