STAT December 5, 2023
Francois I. Luks, Tippi Mackenzie and Thomas F. Tracy Jr.

The concept of fetal surgery captures the imagination when, from time to time, it makes the headlines. Few pregnant mothers will need the assistance of fetal medicine specialists; fewer still will need a fetal surgeon to save their children. But it can offer parents-to-be a sense of hope: In the appropriate circumstances, doctors may be able to help before the child is even born. Now, anti-abortion laws intended to protect the unborn may do the exact opposite by threatening this already-challenging field.

Operating in utero supposes a willingness, on the part of the mother and the medical team, to do everything possible to help an unborn child. One would think, therefore, that fetal doctors and opponents of abortion are aligned....

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