NEW YORK — When a woman is not allowed, to conceive a child, a fetus can’t be implanted in her body and can’t come into the womb.
When that happens, she is known as a “fetal homicide victim,” or FHM.
In an attempt to combat FHM, the New York State Department of Health announced on Thursday that women are no longer allowed to have a pregnancy.
“The new rule does not take into account that many women are choosing to terminate their pregnancies because they feel they have been unfairly stigmatized for having a baby, or because they have experienced a miscarriage,” said Dr. Margo Fauci, a medical ethicist and co-chair of the New Jersey FHM Task Force.
The new regulations, issued at the request of the FHM task force, also address whether a woman can terminate a pregnancy in her home and whether or not a fetus is viable in a hospital.FHM task forces have been tracking FHM since 2006 and have issued more than 6,000 reports to state officials, including an estimate that as many as 3,000 FHM deaths occur each year.
Families with the highest rates of FHM are white and single mothers, and women who have a genetic predisposition to having a low birth weight.
FHM is also concentrated in urban areas, where it’s a significant problem.FNM’s Faucs are hoping the new regulations will make the state’s FHM program more compassionate, enabling women to access abortion care, and reducing the burden on women and families.
New York has the third highest abortion rate in the country.
But FNM’s task force said its members have also seen an increase in the number of women seeking to terminate a child after having a miscarriage.
One study found that one in five women who want to terminate were seeking a fetal homicide victim, according to a press release from the New Hampshire FHM Working Group.
If the New England state does not have regulations on FHM then, FNM says, it will be a national crisis for reproductive health and law enforcement, especially women who do not have the resources or resources to do so.
And FNM has been calling for these regulations since 2006.
This is a really important issue that needs to be addressed, said FNM Executive Director, Rebecca St. John.
“And we’re not going to let this go without addressing it.”