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Can Women Die if They Can’t Have an Abortion?

Updated: Dec 21, 2023

Since abortion is a pregnancy option rather than a life-threatening medical treatment, a woman can’t die due to restrictions on abortion. A woman has full access to life-saving medical treatment for pregnancy complications. 

Pregnancy Complications Treatment Vs. Abortion

Ectopic Pregnancy

Some women experience ectopic pregnancies, which require additional medical care. An ectopic pregnancy happens when a fertilized egg implants in a location other than the uterus, such as a fallopian tube. It can be a dangerous condition and requires immediate medical attention and treatment. 

It’s important to clarify that an abortion procedure does NOT treat an ectopic pregnancy, and abortion will not be needed. 


Some women also experience miscarriage. The Mayo Clinic shares that about 10-20% of all known pregnancies end in miscarriage. With this type of pregnancy complication, women may need medical treatment for the pregnancy tissue to pass. 

Neither a medical or surgical abortion procedure treats a miscarriage. If you are pregnant and experience a miscarriage, a medical provider will be able to help assist you with the needed medical treatment and attention. 

Ultrasounds Help Detect Complications

To be sure of your pregnancy details and options, pregnancy confirmation is essential. It’s important not to skip this step as it confirms not only if you have complications but also how far along you are and your pregnancy options.

At Positive Options, all our services are completely free, private, and confidential. If you are pregnant, we have a variety of resources to help you decide on your next steps.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a pregnancy test and ultrasound at Positive Options. We are here for you along your unique journey. We provide compassionate and non-judgemental services and care for women facing unplanned pregnancies. You are not alone in your pregnancy journey.



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