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Roe v. Wade: HHS says doctors must provide abortions in emergencies

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Physicians must provide abortions in medical emergencies under federal law and will face penalties if they decline to offer the procedure in these cases, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra wrote in a letter to health care providers on Monday. Federal law pre-empts state abortion bans in cases where women face medical emergencies associated with pregnancy, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said. States that have banned abortion generally make exceptions if the woman’s life is in danger, but U.S. health officials are concerned physicians will wait too long to treat complications. Hospitals that decline to provide abortions in these cases could have their Medicare provider agreements terminated or face financial penalties, Becerra said.
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