In a post-Dobbs world, pathologists who study pregnancy loss walk a thin line between medicine and the law

When Mana Parast examines a placenta, she knows she may never find the answers she seeks. She’s hunting for clues — strips of dead tissue that signal autoimmune disease, white blood cells in the lining of the umbilical cord that point to an infection, thickening that could suggest blood wasn’t flowing freely to the fetus.

She wants to be able to tell a parent what she thinks went wrong.

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