A new bill concerning pregnancy is stirring a ton of controversy- as well as confusion- among citizens and doctors alike.
In the state of Ohio, legislatures are pushing a bill that would order doctors to "reimplant ectopic pregnancies", or else face charges. The charges in question have been described as "abortion murder", making it clear that this is an anti-abortion bill. It's also currently the most extreme bill to date on the matter.
Unfortunately for Ohio state legislatures, there are two major problems with this proposed bill. The first is that it's going to earn them the ire of women across Ohio who are pro-choice. But the second comes from doctors and medical professionals, who say that there's no such medical procedure available to reimplant an ectopic pregnancy. It's simply not possible whatsoever.
"There is no procedure to reimplant an ectopic pregnancy. t is not possible to move an ectopic pregnancy from a fallopian tube, or anywhere else it might have implanted, to the uterus. Reimplantation is not physiologically possible. Women with ectopic pregnancies are at risk for catastrophic hemorrhage and death in the setting of an ectopic pregnancy, and treating the ectopic pregnancy can certainly save a mom’s life," explained Dr. Chris Zahn, vice-president of practice activities at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Moreover, this bill- known as House Bill 413- would completely ban abortion. It would also define a fertilized egg as an "unborn child". Doctors- as well as women and girls as young as 13 years old- could be charged with "abortion murder" should they either "perform or have an abortion". This crime is punishable with life in prison, whereas a similar charge- "aggravated abortion murder"- can result in a death sentence.
This bill would join Ohio's six-week abortion ban, which passed this past summer with the support of Governor Mike DeWine. It banned abortion before a majority of women would learn that they're pregnant. However, thanks to multiple reproductive rights groups suing, the bill never went into effect.
Does this mean that those same reproductive rights groups will sue if this new anti-abortion bill is put into effect? It seems likely. But only time will tell if the bill actually passes in the first place. Needless to say, many eyes will be on Ohio to see what happens next.