CBS Claims Roe Overturn Makes It Difficult to Treat Serious Diseases

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It’s not been a good week for the legacy news media, America — and it’s only Tuesday.

First, CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell lied her head off over Donald Trump’s correct charge that the FBI seized his passports during their raid on Mar-a-Lago. And on Tuesday morning, CBS Mornings continued to fearmonger itself silly over the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade, this time claiming that in some states it is now more difficult to treat ectopic pregnancies and other, non-pregnancy-related diseases.


The “culprits” are right-to-life Americans who stand against on-demand abortion; in many cases until birth.

As reported by NewsBusters, CBS Mornings host Nate Burleson kicked off the festivities by “reporting” that “the fight over limits on abortion is spreading to some unexpected places including drug stores,” continuing:

At least one medication commonly prescribed for arthritis, lupus, and even cancer is becoming harder to get after the Supreme Court allowed states to restrict or outlaw abortions. [CBS News correspondent] Janet Shamlian has a story of patients who are caught in the middle and dreading the possible impact on their health.

Shamlian went straight for the fearmongering heartstrings, laying out the plight of 10-year-old Noraa [sic] Wise, who “has been living with a rare autoimmune disease that causes inflation in her bones.” After several attempts to treat the serious disease, Shamlian said, “life changed, her mom says, after Noraa’s doctor prescribed methotrexate.”

As described by WebMD, methotrexate is:

[U]sed to treat certain types of cancer (such as acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) or to control severe psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis that has not responded to other treatments. It may also be used to control juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. … It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells and suppressing the immune system. Early treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with more aggressive therapy such as methotrexate helps to reduce further joint damage and to preserve joint function.


Shamlian described the drug this way:

It’s commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers but can also be used to terminate non-viable ectopic pregnancies where a fertilized egg grows outside the womb. Since the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, some women report trouble getting the medication by pharmacists concerned they could be held responsible for aiding an abortion.

You see where this is headed, right?

Shamlian then introduced the case of Annie England Noblin, a longtime user of methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis, who told the CBS correspondent her pharmacy recently put her refill on hold. Noblin explained, in a video clip:

They needed to make sure my rheumatologist actually prescribed me methotrexate for my RA and not so that I could, you know, abort a fetus.

Bingo. Exactly what I was thinking before I read the above quote. I’m not a doctor or a pharmacist, but it doesn’t take a Mensa member to quickly figure out who prescribed the medication and for what reason — in any case involving methotrexate.

After making it a point to say Noblin “lives in Missouri, a state banning almost all abortions,” Shamlian continued to her exploitation, which was readily resolved when Noblin’s rheumatologist verified her prescription, asking, “When you heard that [the refill was on hold], what did you think?”

Noblin was ready with the “correct” answer:


It was immediate anger. I was embarrassed because I was in a pharmacy line and I—I— said, ‘Okay, do you also need to know the first date of my last period as well?’

Nonsense. Moreover, who among us has not been required to have a prescription verified?

Shamlian then trotted out an OB/GYN, “practicing in Texas, another state where most abortions are illegal.”

“This is a common thing we deal with,” said Dr. John Thoppil, who Shamlian said has “prescribed methotrexate about ten times over the last year to end non-viable pregnancies and is concerned about potential delays in patients getting it.”

Ooh, catch that? We just moved from a rare autoimmune disease and rheumatoid arthritis to aborting “non-viable” pregnancies.

“Are there other medications that can do what this drug does?” Shamlian asked, obviously aware of the answer she — and the CBS New audience — were about to hear. Here’s Thoppil:

Unfortunately for an ectopic pregnancy, no. So, you know, if this is delayed, there is a timeline that this works, the pregnancy gets too far along, the only thing left is surgery.

Finally, Shamlian pathetically poured it on, returning her exploitation of the 10-year-old girl: “For Noraa Wise, the medication is a game changer she wants to keep taking.”

Said young Noraa: “I know the medicine works. I don’t have any more pain. It’s just, I hope that I’ll have my medicine.”


Translation: Noraa is taking the drug and is pain-free. Hence this is a non-issue for her.

The bottom line:

Again, I’m neither a doctor nor a pharmacist, but I have taken several prescriptions through the years, sometimes needing verification from my doc that a particular med was prescribed for a particular situation, most recently a heavy-duty opiate when I suffered vertebrae compression fractures in my lower back.

CBS News and many in the lapdog liberal media — along with the Democrat Party and other abortion activists — continue to exploit and lie about the overturn of Roe and everything they can remotely —and falsely — claim the overturn impacts.


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