FORT WORTH, Texas -- The overturn of Roe v. Wade leaves the decision of whether abortion is legal or not up to the states to decide. Concerns on what restrictions this will place on life-threatening cases have been voiced by medical professionals and local Texans alike.
One life-threatening case which is only treated by pregnancy termination, or abortion, is an ectopic pregnancy.
What is an ectopic pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy happens when a fertilized egg grows outside of the uterus, 90 percent of the time in the Fallopian tube which is where an egg travels from the ovary to the uterus.
Is an ectopic pregnancy life-threatening?
Yes. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, an ectopic pregnancy can lead to a rupture in the Fallopian tube which can cause major internal bleeding and requires immediate surgery.
Who is most at risk of an ectopic pregnancy?
There are several factors that could increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy. Those who have had an ectopic pregnancy in the past are at higher risk of having another one. Other risks include:
• Cigarette smoking
• History of infertility