However, in the meantime, abortion providers have been forced to stop providing care and doctors are clamouring to understand how to treat patients, including women suffering miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies and other complications.

Dr Zeal told The Washington Post that another physician had reached out to her for a second opinion on a patient who was suffering from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy.

“She knew exactly what she had to do because [the patient] was bleeding and was clearly going to die if nothing was done,” said Dr Zeal. “But she wasn’t sure what she needed to document to be sure she wouldn’t be charged with a felony.”

Confusion around whether doctors can treat patients without facing criminal prosecution has become a growing issue in several states.

Several reports have detailed delays in patient care as physicians have been forced to consult other doctors and lawyers for approval.

With abortion access fractured across the US, Democrats are trying to introduce sweeping federal protections.

On Friday, the US House of Representatives passed two bills: the Women’s Health Protection Act and the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act.

The Women’s Health Protection Act would codify the right to abortion care across America.

But, while the bill has passed the House, it is unlikely to clear the Senate with its 50-50 split of Republicans and Democrats.

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