Michigan healthcare professionals share fears over abortion ban

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(WNDU) – Some Michigan doctors share concerns about the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

This comes as Michigan’s only abortion law of 1931 effectively prohibits all abortions unless the mother’s life is in danger. Currently, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has said she will not enforce the state’s old law if she becomes active again.

But as one doctor shared, a Michigan abortion ban could change the way doctors approach their patients about certain medical decisions.

“When I’m sitting with a patient, what matters most to me is what matters most to her,” says Dr. Lisa Harris, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan. “It’s what guides my conversations, our advice and our decision-making. And if we are to talk about the risks and benefits of a procedure, we are talking about the risks to patients and the benefits to patients of that procedure.

“But under an abortion ban, I’m concerned that those ethical conversations are the benefits of something for the patient versus the risks of something for a doctor,” Harris added.

Due to a temporary injunction blocking the 1931 law, abortion is still legal in Michigan.

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