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Inside a Hospital’s Abortion Committee

Inside a Hospital’s Abortion Committee

Sarah Osmundson knows how to talk about abortion. She’s learned over the course of her career as a maternal-fetal medicine doctor that some patients are comfortable with the option, and others would never consider it. Osmundson deals with hard cases: Her patients are women with preexisting conditions that make pregnancy dangerous, women who develop life-threatening conditions during pregnancy, and fetuses with conditions that are not survivable. She’s trained and practiced in different parts of the country where different religious norms prevail. She knows about agonizing moral dilemmas and understands the patients who make extraordinarily difficult decisions—such as choosing to deliver a baby who might live only a few hours. When she learned that the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade, Osmundson knew her life would change. Tennessee passed one of the strictest abortion bans in the country “and so right away, I knew we would be at the center of this,” she says. “I don’t think I really understood what that fully meant at the time.” Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where Osmundson works, created …