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OB-GYNs unclear on permissible care under vague abortion laws

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An operating room technician performs an ultrasound on a patient at Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport, Louisiana, on July 6.

Since Missouri's trigger law was enacted, some medical experts are relying on law experts to legally navigate options for patients experiencing a complication during pregnancy.

Missouri's trigger law banned abortions except in cases of a medical emergency. But the vague statute leaves in a gray area complications that don't immediately pose a threat to the mother or fetus.

One Kansas City-area OB-GYN and the president of Planned Parenthood Great Plains shared their concerns for patients and providers as new abortion laws leave some confused and fearful of legal recourse.

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