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Demonstrators march towards the Texas Capitol building during a national walk out in support of abortion rights in Austin, Texas.

Demonstrators march towards the Texas Capitol building during a national walk out in support of abortion rights in Austin, Texas.

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Overturning Roe v. Wade Will Make It Harder to Treat Miscarriage

Restrictive laws have already limited treatment options in some US states

Overturning Roe v. Wade will affect the quality and availability of maternal medical care across the U.S., exacerbating a problem that has been building for years as abortion restrictions have already tightened in parts of the country.

Doctors say stricter laws make it more difficult for women to get the most medically appropriate treatments for miscarriage because the medical and surgical procedures to remove a failed pregnancy are the same as those used for an abortion. The consequences may affect future fertility or, in severe cases, increase the risk of maternal death.