A normal pregnancy begins with a fertilized egg that attaches to the lining of the woman’s uterus. In an ectopic pregnancy the egg attaches outside of the uterus, most commonly in the fallopian tube. Ectopic pregnancies can also occur in the ovary, abdominal cavity or the cervix.
During these pregnancies the fertilized egg won’t survive due to the inability to proceed normally outside of the uterus.
The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecoogists state that an ectopic pregnancy “cannot result in the survival of a baby and entails a very substantial risk of maternal death or disability”. So treatment for the condition is the only answer, but the kind of treatment is the big debate.
There are many misconceptions out there about how to treat an ectopic pregnancy, majority of them arguing that abortion is the only way but that is false. Treatment for an ectopic pregnancy is not the same thing as an abortion. The medical definition of abortion is “removal of an embryo and placenta from the uterus”. The uterus is the only place a fertilized egg can grow into a baby and during an ectopic pregnancy the egg never makes it to the uterus therefore it hasn’t developed into a baby and cannot be deemed an abortion once removed. The majority of women who have had an ectopic pregnancy planned the pregnancy or wanted to carry the baby to term and not terminate them. An abortion is going in with the intent to kill a living being where with an ectopic pregnancy they are safely removing the egg from the women with no intent of harm.