Abortion Clinics vs. Cosmetic Surgery Centers: Which Are Safer for Women? - Our Bodies Ourselves
The Supreme Court is trying to decide if regulating most abortion clinics out of existence places an undue burden on women’s access to safe and legal medical care. That is an important legal question, but I hope the Court will consider that the restrictive laws in Texas and several other states also raise important health questions that are unrelated to abortion or family planning.
If legislators really want to protect women’s health, I want them to know that they can protect many more women, including many of their friends and loved ones, from far more dangerous medical procedures. While approximately one in 1 million women who undergo abortions during the first eight weeks of pregnancy die from the procedure, one in 50,000 women are dying from other, more popular elective procedures in clinics and doctors’ offices: cosmetic surgery. These cosmetic surgery patients are at 20 times the risk of death. Don’t they deserve protection?