Woman, 25, with life-threatening ectopic pregnancy is refused treatment by ... trends now

Woman, 25, with life-threatening ectopic pregnancy is refused treatment by ... trends now
Woman, 25, with life-threatening ectopic pregnancy is refused treatment by ... trends now

Woman, 25, with life-threatening ectopic pregnancy is refused treatment by ... trends now

A Texas woman with a potentially life-threatening ectopic pregnancy was denied emergency treatment due to concerns about the state's stringent abortion ban.

Texas has imposed a near-total ban on abortions and, despite the law including exemptions for cases of extreme danger to the mother, doctors have been hesitant to provide care in rare circumstances for fear of government-issued penalties.

Kelsie Norris-De La Cruz, a 25-year-old college senior, was told that her ectopic pregnancy - a situation when the embryo grows outside the uterus - could cause her fallopian tube to rupture, causing major internal bleeding.

Yet she claims physicians at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital refused to terminate the pregnancy, saying there was some chance the pregnancy was still viable. 

She underwent emergency surgery at a different hospital when doctors realized when the ectopic pregnancy began to rupture, saying that if she had waited any longer, she would have been 'in extreme danger of losing her life.' 

An ectopic pregnancy, where the fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus, almost always result in pregnancy loss because the embryo cannot develop properly in these locations

An ectopic pregnancy, where the fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus, almost always result in pregnancy loss because the embryo cannot develop properly in these locations

The above map shows abortion bans by state, including those where the procedure is banned from fertilization except in medical emergencies

The above map shows abortion bans by state, including those where the procedure is banned from fertilization except in medical emergencies

Ms Norris-De La Cruz started to cramp and bleed early in her pregnancy. When she went to the hospital, doctors measured her hormone levels, performed an ultrasound, and instructed her to return in 48 hours. 

It's unclear how or why doctors missed the ectopic pregnancy during that first visit, instead calling it a 'failed early pregnancy' 

Ms Norris-De La Cruz felt sick for weeks with severe abdominal pain that made her think she could have appendicitis or a urinary tract infection. 

It wasn't until a nurse at her campus health center

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