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Letter: Consequences add up due to North Dakota’s trigger law

These consequences may be avoided if enough people let their legislators know that the “trigger law” supports neither women, their families nor the health of North Dakota.

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To the editor,

Some of the inevitable consequences of North Dakota’s ill-conceived and badly written “trigger law” that will make abortion illegal on July 28:

  • More women who miscarry or suffer other common complications of pregnancy will have their health and lives compromised by the need to travel out of state to receive medical services.
  • College admissions will decline. Women will prefer to live and attend college in states that respect their autonomy, intelligence and prerogative to make their own medical/reproductive decisions.
  • More women will live in poverty, carrying unwanted pregnancies to term without adequate medical, social or economic support.
  • Men will continue to bear no responsibility for the consequences of their wanted or unwanted sexual encounters.
  • More women will die as a result of desperate measures to end an unwanted pregnancy.
  • Medical services in North Dakota, where there is already a shortage of doctors, nurses and other medical staff, will decline; doctors will be even less likely than they currently are to practice in a state where their medical decisions are second-guessed by legislators, and where their commitment to decent, medically accepted, and appropriate practice may result in accusations of criminal behavior and loss of license to practice.
  • Medical costs will rise as the cost of legal liability insurance, especially for obstetricians and gynecologists also rises (and as doctors need to document why a miscarriage requires a medically-induced abortion to save a woman’s life).
  • It will be more difficult to attract and retain new employees in all professions – who wants to make a life in a state whose legislators are so profoundly ignorant of medical practice and anti-women?

These consequences may be avoided if enough people let their legislators know that the “trigger law” supports neither women, their families nor the health of North Dakota.

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