Missouri Ectopic Pregnancy Bill Tries to Limit Abortion Drugs to Treat Condition – Bloomberg

They occur when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, are not viable and potentially life-threatening
The Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City. 

State lawmakers around the country are ramping up efforts to curtail abortion in all forms. But one Missouri bill in particular is drawing ire for criminalizing the use of certain drugs to treat ectopic pregnancies, which are not viable and potentially life-threatening. Here's a quick rundown on the medical issues associated with the condition and how it fits into the current abortion debate.
What is an ectopic pregnancy?
Ectopic pregnancies occur when a fertilized egg implants in the fallopian tube or anywhere else outside of the uterus. They occur in about 1 of every 30,000 spontaneous pregnancies, or 1 of 100 pregnancies for women receiving fertility treatments, according to data from the Mayo Clinic. If left untreated, they can rupture internal tissue, cause heavy bleeding and pose a significant mortality risk.


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