The “Let Women Die” Act
I just read a very interesting article about a bill which passed recently which has been called the “Let Women Die” act by its opponents. It is H.R. 358 and was passed thanks to a vote of 251 to 172. Among other things, it overrides certain protections pregnant women had under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. This means that when a woman is facing a life-threatening pregnancy, a hospital is no longer required to treat her by means such as an emergency abortion. Often times an emergency abortion is necessary for the woman to survive, so many against the bill consider it an assault on both the rights and lives of women.
The author of the article is noticeably against the bill. This is where it can be tricky, because there might be more to the bill than she lets on. Despite that, I’m curious what opinions you guys might have on the article. I think this topic is very relevant, because it deals with both women’s rights and patients’ rights. I’m not looking to start a political debate, but I’m just curious about what people might think about the purpose and contents of this bill from a scientific perspective.