A viral CNN story featured a woman who claimed she was forced to carry her dead fetus for two weeks after suffering a miscarriage last year because of strict abortion laws in Texas. But does the Texas law really prevent women from receiving medical treatment following a miscarriage?
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined BlazeTV’s “The News & Why It Matters” on Monday to explain what’s really going on with this disturbing story.
Asked if women in Texas are being denied standard treatments such as a D&C (dilation and curettage) to remove fetal remains following a miscarriage, Paxton answered, “Nothing could be further from the truth.”
“You’ll notice [CNN] never interviewed the doctor. This was a doctor’s decision not to do the procedure. The procedure is not outlawed by Texas law, so this was a very slanted story, ” Paxton told host Sara Gonzales.
Paxton went on to explain what would qualify as an exception to the Texas abortion law, which would include procedures necessary to save the mother’s life or prevent “substantial impairment of major bodily function” to the mother, as well as medical conditions such as an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.
“In a case where the baby is deceased, [the procedure] certainly can be done, and anything that’s done to protect the life of the mother is certainly protected under Texas law,” Paxton said.
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