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What does the new abortion ban mean to those who take epilepsy drugs? | July 14, 2022

A lot more than you may think.

It could result in catastrophic life-threatening illness for women of childbearing age.

Simply put, the abortion ban may mean denial of effective drugs for women with MS, Migraines and Epilepsy.

The dissolution of Roe v. Wade is expected to lead to abortion bans or severe restrictions in as many as 28 states. These new restrictions may have life-changing and even life-threatening consequences in these states for women of childbearing age with conditions like migraine, multiple sclerosis (MS) and epilepsy.

Find out what meds may no longer be available to you. Click on: https://neurosciencenews.com/neurology-disease-medication-abortion-ban-21028/

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  1. Abortion is not healthcare. Prevention of pregnancy is the first and only path to follow if you are dependent on a medication that functions for your epilepsy. Don’t put the cart in front of the horse and think you can be irresponsible because your medicine has been known to cause abortions or much worse, birth defects. Or try to find natural methods through diet, supplements, getting the mercury out of your teeth, detoxing from all the neuro toxins, trying alternative treatments like homeopathic or herbal….Yeah, it’s tough.

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    Comment by Andy — July 14, 2022 @ 4:46 PM

  2. I am in total agreement with Andy,

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    Comment by Don — July 14, 2022 @ 5:26 PM

  3. Those who don’t have a uterus should keep it to themselves on this topic. Yes, you, Andy. Unless you are a trans man, zip it.

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    Comment by paleobird — July 14, 2022 @ 7:34 PM

  4. Andy, unless you have a uterus, I suggest you keep it to yourself on this topic.

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    Comment by paleobird — July 14, 2022 @ 7:36 PM

  5. Sorry, comment didn’t post then posted a bunch at once.

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    Comment by paleobird — July 14, 2022 @ 7:39 PM

  6. This was not meant to be a war of the sexes. Merely to inform and warn, those with epilepsy of the consequences of the contraceptive ban on the availability of their meds and their reproductive health.

    Yes, all women are affected. But those with epilepsy more so. That’s why I raised the red flag.


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 14, 2022 @ 11:22 PM

    • As far as I know abortion has not been banned for medical reasons..I will expand my ideas on responsibility: All women who are on AEDs need to read the fine print in the multipage pamphlet in the box from beginning to end. (when I first started valproate there were fewer pages) These meds can have long term effects on the reproductive system leading to things like policystic ovary disease and uterine fibroids which can lead to hysterectomies.. to say nothing of risks to a developing fetus..It is also the responsibility of the neurologist prescribing the med to know all of the possible side effects and to warn the patient. (I was fortunate there.) I know from past experience that the medical system does not always have time for such things so the duty to be informed falls on the patient. Our body our choice?? I said it’s tough.

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      Comment by Andy — July 15, 2022 @ 5:49 AM

  7. I’m in UK where abortion is allowed up to 3 months for any reason, for which I am glad, us women are at risk so much from men, I nearlly was raped but managed to fight him off, and there are many other reasons a woman decides on this, I was on sodium valproate for a long time, menstruation stopped for no reson, I was just 41, much later they found about it’s effect on women, the foetus, when we saw Trump appointing anothe Republican (?), strict woman to top court, us women here were concerned for our sisters in the US

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    Comment by Gail Barry — July 15, 2022 @ 5:17 AM

  8. Reblogged this on Christian Devotions, music & poems.


    Comment by Kenneth — July 15, 2022 @ 7:56 AM

  9. Just tapping into the thread— I have been on Divalproex sodium for many years due to encephalitis followed by status epilepticus. In my thirties I had few contraception choices available to me, but was still hoping I might be able to have a child on a different medication if I was in the right relationship. I was doing everything RIGHT, always using my contraceptive, avoiding times of fertility, everything. And still I got pregnant. And because of the divalproex, I had to have an abortion. I was heartbroken, it is still an enormously sad part of my life, but I was able to have a legal procedure. Shortly after I had my tubes tied.

    The choices that others are forcing women to make are not only horrible, but with no insight and some abstract concept of their own religious beliefs. It’s a sad and frightening time for all women.

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    Comment by Marilyn Markham Petrich — July 15, 2022 @ 1:04 PM

  10. Phylis that article is nothing more than scare tactics, without any real facts, just maybes or could be.

    All these woman upset since they can’t kill their babies is absolutely astonishing. A female doesn’t need to take birth control pills she can have her man wear a condom. Simple solution that’s been around for quite some time. Facts, 61,000,000 babies have been killed since Row vs wade, and we wonder why our population is decreasing. And what happens to those killed babies, they r sold to the highest bidder for lab research. I guess that’s better than researching on animals. Good god. All these liberal want to take away ur guns since guns kill, yet are perfectly fine with killing babies. Absolutely astonishing. But there is hope for all the baby killers because this is not a ban on abortion, it just gives the power to the states rather than federal, so u still can go to states like CA were they will gladly kill ur baby and your killed baby will fetch top prices to researchers.

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    Comment by Zolt — July 18, 2022 @ 12:52 PM

  11. Pro-guns and pro-abortion. Two ways of killing. Both deliberate. Both a mater of chance. And choice.


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 18, 2022 @ 1:13 PM

    • I read that in 2018 there were roughly 40,000 deaths by guns so times that by 50 yrs that’s roughly 2,000,000

      So in 47 yrs 61,000,000+ babies have been killed by their mothers.

      Wow is all i can say. People are making big money killing babies and it sure isn’t the mothers.


      Comment by Zolt — July 18, 2022 @ 1:56 PM

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    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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