Ectopic pregnancy, defined as a pregnancy that implants outside of the endometrial cavity, accounts for approximately 2% of all reported pregnancies according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.1 In the first trimester, ectopic pregnancies are the most common cause of pregnancy-related death, accounting for 2.7% of these deaths.1,2 Ectopic pregnancies cannot be relocated to the endometrial cavity and thus lack potential to safely progress to birth. Given these facts, treatment of an ectopic pregnancy is incontrovertibly necessary and lifesaving care; denying or restricting such care would be both unethical and illegal.3,4
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Corresponding Author: Danny J. Schust, MD, Duke University School of Medicine, 200 Trent Dr, Baker House 203, Durham, NC 27710 (email@example.com).
Published Online: June 1, 2023. doi:10.1001/jama.2023.7292
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Additional Contributions: The authors thank Linda Graziadei, PhD, for her assistance in the editing of this article. Dr Graziadei was not compensated in association with her assistance on this article.
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