New Bill in Ohio was passed imposing a moratorium on abortion that requires doctors to reimplant an ectopic pregnancy, that’s putated to be extreme as the procedure does not exist in medical science.
This is not the first time obstetricians have shown resistance to the state legislators’ decision as it’s medically insuperable to perform such a procedure.
There has been a preponderance of these anti-abortion laws introduced across the US as conservative Republicans seek for a blanket ban against abortion.
Ohio’s stance on Ectopic pregnancy – where the embryo gets implanted in the fallopian tube rather than the uterus, is hitherto one of the extreme bills that has been passed.
Dr. David N Hackney, an Ohio obstetrician and gynecologist, lamented on Twitter:
“The new Ohio HB413, p. 184: To avoid criminal charges, including murder, for abortion, a physician must”… attempt to reimplant an ectopic pregnancy into the women’s uterus”
“I don’t believe I’m typing this again but, that’s impossible. We’ll all be going to jail”
An ectopic pregnancy would be life threatening for the mother, if the embryonic tissue develops unchecked in the fallopian tube.
The bill while giving the status of an ‘unborn child’ to a fertilized egg, also intends to punish doctors, women and children with ‘abortion murder’ if they perform or undergo abortion by reprimanding them with a life term in a penitentiary. Under this bill, aggravated abortion murder is punishable by death.
This bill is sponsored by representatives Candice Keller and Ron Hood, and co-sponsored by 19 members of Ohio’s 99 member house.
Mike Gonidakis, the president of the anti-abortion group Ohio Right to Life, refused to comment on the bill, citing it would take a protracted amount of time to go through as the bill is extremely long.
Another anti-abortion organization, Susan B Anthony List, also refused to comment on the bill when contacted by the Guardian.
Similarly, Keller, Hood and 8 of the bill’s 19 co-sponsors were unavailable for comments and so were the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association.
Last summer, Ohio passed a 6 week abortion bill that criminalizes abortion during that period, when most women wouldn’t even be aware that they were pregnant, which was given the sobriquet “heartbeat bill”; which was promptly opposed by the reproductive rights group and the bill never went into effect. Abortion is legal in all 50 states in the US.
Dr. Daniel Grossman fervently argued that reimplanting a fertilized egg is pure science fiction and took to Twitter which went viral in May:
“Hi @BeckerGOP, I’m a practicing ob-gyn and researcher on abortion and contraception, and thought you might want some help understanding ectopic pregnancy since your bill (HB182) gets some things wrong. I’ll clear up a few things in this thread.
Dr. Chris Zahn, vice-president of practice activities at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists also concurred with the view that there exists no procedure to reimplant an ectopic pregnancy into the uterus and maintained that women with ectopic pregnancies run a tremendous amount of risk for hemorrhage and death and treating it can definitely save their lives.