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State laws restricting abortion often contain some degree of exception to save the life of the pregnant person, but varying legal interpretations of those exceptions may create a confusing legal landscape for clinicians and lead to delays providing lifesaving treatment. The National Academies Standing Committee on Reproductive Health, Equity, and Society held a public workshop in an After Roe series to explore the current challenges of, and potential solutions to, delays in the provision of lifesaving care for people experiencing pregnancy complications or serious illness or injury while pregnant. Speakers considered the myriad of legal, policy, and provider challenges and the effect of these challenges on the delivery of care and clinician well-being. This Proceedings of a Workshop-in Brief summarizes the discussions held during the workshop.

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Challenges in the Provision of Lifesaving Care for Pregnant Patients Following the Overturn of Roe v. Wade: Proceedings of a Workshop–in Brief. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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