This article makes an important point. Pregnant women need safe medications. All the more so if they are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Obviously, you could better persevere through an unplanned pregnancy for the sake of giving a person life if you aren’t depressed, sick, or otherwise suffering. I don’t know how they will ethically proceed with this; it’s obviously tricky terrain, because experimenting with fetal health is obviously problematic. However, I think this is important.
Our current model for dealing with pregnant women and medication preaches abstinence. Expectant mothers are cautioned to avoid both prescription and over the counter drugs (as well as alcohol and even caffeine) to mitigate any possible harm to the baby — after all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
The problem is, telling pregnant women to avoid any and all medication for nine months ignores one very glaring truth: pregnant women get sick and can be injured. This leaves them with an impossible choice: either take medication that poses unknown risks to their child, or refuse treatment and put their own health (and potentially the health of their child) in danger.