How abortion laws muddle up pregnancy emergencies

Moments after unveiling a bill that would ban all abortions in the United States at 15-weeks, US Senator Lindsey Graham was interrupted by a mother with a devastating

story. "I did everything right and at 16 weeks we found out that our son would likely not live," Ashbey Beasley told a crowded room. "When he was born, for eight days he

bled from every orifice of his body," she said. But, she said, at least she got to choose how to handle her difficult pregnancy, while Mr Graham's law would take away that

choice. "What do you say to someone like me?" Mr Graham is not the only lawmaker who has been asked tough questions about his abortion stance, and how it might affect

women with complicated or dangerous pregnancies. Since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v Wade this summer, states across the US have pushed through abortion bans or

severely restricted the procedure. But as such laws have gone into effect, unintended consequences have followed. Doctors and patients say that confusing standards and the

vague language of these laws have had a chilling effect on the medical field in anti-abortion states, leaving tragedies in their wake - and more in the making.'We can't help

you, good luck' Abortions for medical reasons are rare, constituting less than 4% of all such procedures in the US in 2004, according to the Guttmacher Institute. But for

certain pregnancy complications, they are an accepted and not uncommon procedure to save lives. The model Chrissy Teigen, for example, said on Friday an abortion was used to

save her life when she was 20 weeks along with a pregnancy that was unviable.