Roe v. Wade and Reproductive Care

by | May 13, 2022 | In the News

PNWF’s statement on the Supreme Court draft regarding Roe v. Wade

The recent news about a draft Supreme Court ruling that would strike down Roe v. Wade has prompted many questions about the future of reproductive healthcare in the United States. While 13 states have “trigger laws” that would automatically restrict or ban abortion in the event that Roe v. Wade were overturned, Washington is not one of them. Governor Jay Inslee has publicly stated that the right to choose is safe in Washington. If the court’s decision is finalized in June, we do not anticipate that it will affect our operations here at PNWF in any way.

That said, the language in some anti-abortion laws could limit assisted reproductive technology such as IVF in some states. We could also see restrictions on certain types of birth control. We share our community’s concern about how this could affect the quality and availability of fertility care in many parts of the country, and will be watching this case closely over the coming months.

Our patients may be wondering if they can still do IVF, receive D&Cs and other care for ectopic pregnancies or miscarriage, test their embryos, discard embryos, and continue to make their own choices as they build their families. The answer is yes. We feel fortunate to practice in a state that gives us the freedom to make medical decisions that center our patients’ health and safety above all else. Even in uncertain times, our commitment to the families that we serve will never change.