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Abortion ban prompts Franklin obstetrician to consider quitting drugs

FRANKLIN, Tennessee (WKRN) – Dr. Laura Andreson, an obstetrician and gynecologist, has seriously considered shedding her lab coat and quitting the job she loves because of Tennessee’s abortion ban.

“I have never been involved in politics, but this is very important to me,” said Dr. Andreson, who practices in Franklin.

Andreson says at least 50 patients have come to her clinic in the two months since the Tennessee abortion ban passed to find out what the new law means for reproductive health. I have serious doubts about What to do if you 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 them with the best medical care that I was trained to provide.

An abortion ban, which does not allow rape, incest, or any exception to the life of a mother, makes doctors criminally liable. Dr. Andreson said politicians have created a gray area with many legal troubles.

“They put us in a situation where we have to let them teeter on that line to get really seriously ill and then have to intervene. “We can get results,” she explained.

Stacey Dunn, president of the anti-abortion group Tennessee Rights to Life, backed the new ban and said a good doctor has nothing to fear.

“The target of this law was companies profiting from the destruction of fetuses,” Dunn said. “And with the Life Protection Act, it’s not going to happen anymore.”

Since childhood, Dr. Andreson wanted to be a doctor. But with this new law and the possibility of having to face criminal court to defend her medical decision to have an abortion, she’s considering abandoning that dream once and for all. .

“I’d be disingenuous if I said it didn’t cross my mind. I mean, it affects my family. I could literally go to jail. It’s very real.” It’s a possibility.”

Of all the states that passed abortion bans after Law’s fall, Dr. Andreson said: Tennessee V-Wade is the toughest.

Anti-abortion groups said about 9,000 children were aborted in Tennessee in 2019 and with this law, that will no longer happen.

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