Pregnancy

Could banning abortion threaten the treatment of ectopic pregnancy?

An abortion rights supporter demonstrates near the Ohio Supreme Court on May 3, 2022.

Virginia Kolberg Duym grew up in North Dakota and earned a BA from North Dakota State University. She recently retired from teaching in the English Department at Columbus State Community College.

Recently, I remembered my mother, specifically an experience she told me about when I was growing up: “Between you and your little sister, I had a miscarriage.”

Even though this happened so long ago, recent changes nationally and here in ohio suddenly made this incident relevant again.

When I was a child in 1953, we lived on a farm in North Dakota, 50 miles from Jamestown, the hospital and its obstetrician. Mom was pregnant with her second child.

One morning she woke up feeling something was different. The pain she had felt throughout the pregnancy was gone, but it seemed something was wrong. She suggested to my dad not to go to the field that day, but rather to take him to the doctor, just to be sure.