Abortion ban prompts Franklin OBGYN to consider quitting medicine

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – Obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Laura Andreson has seriously considered hanging up her lab coat and quitting the occupation she loves because of Tennessee’s abortion ban.

“I’ve never been politically involved, but it’s so important to me,” said Dr. Andreson, who practices in Franklin.

Dr. Andreson said that in the two months since Tennessee’s abortion ban was passed, at least 50 of his patients have come to his clinic with serious questions about what this new law means. for their reproductive health: what if I have an ectopic pregnancy? What if I bleed to death? Should I move to another state to start a family?

“The only thing I can do is tell them that I will do my best to provide the best medical care that I have been trained to provide,” she said.

A ban on abortion that allows no exception for rape, incest or the life of the mother, exposes the doctor to criminal prosecution. Dr Andreson said politicians have created a gray area with many legal issues.

“They put us in a situation where we kind of have to let them tip over that line to get really seriously ill and then intervene. Where you could have a much better outcome for everyone involved if you intervened early,” she explained.

Stacy Dunn, president of the anti-abortion group Tennessee Right to Life, supports the new ban and said good doctors have nothing to fear.

“The target of this law was corporations that profited from the destruction of unborn children,” Dunn said. “And, because of the Human Life Protection Act, that won’t happen again.”

Dr. Andreson has wanted to be a doctor since she was a child. But with this new law and the possibility of having to appear in criminal court to defend her medical decision to perform an abortion, she thought about giving up on that dream once and for all.

“I would be dishonest if I said that didn’t cross my mind. I mean, there are implications for my family. I could literally go to jail, which is almost, it seems laughable, but that’s no joke; it’s a very realistic possibility.

Dr. Andreson said of all the states that passed abortion bans after Roe’s fall. V Wade, Tennessee is the strictest.

The anti-abortion group said that in 2019, nearly 9,000 children were aborted in Tennessee, and with this law, that won’t happen again.


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