New Ohio Abortion Bill Would Force Doctors To Do A Nonexistent Medical Procedure

Supermajority Education Fund

December 2, 2019

A dangerous new abortion bill in Ohio would force physicians to “reimplant an ectopic pregnancy” into a woman’s uterus — even though such a procedure does not medically exist. Under the bill, doctors who refuse to perform the proposed surgery would face charges of “abortion murder.”

Sponsored by State Representatives Candice Keller and Ron Hood, Bill 413 was introduced in the legislature in early November. The bill, which also defines a fertilized egg as a human life, would make both healthcare providers who perform abortions and the patients that undergo the procedure punishable by imprisonment.

Both lawmakers released statements connecting the bill to their desire to outlaw abortion nationwide. “The time has come to abolish abortion in its entirety and recognize that each individual has the inviolable and inalienable Right to Life,” said Keller in a statement. 

Hood echoed that sentiment. “Up until this point, legislators have only regulated abortion,” he stated. “They have decided which classes of people have a Right to Life by creating exceptions to abortion, which is tantamount to creating exceptions to pre-meditated murder.”

Several doctor and patient advocacy groups are speaking out against this legislation. “There is no procedure to reimplant an ectopic pregnancy; it is not possible to move an ectopic pregnancy from a fallopian tube, or anywhere else it might have implanted, to the uterus,” Dr. Chris Zahn, Vice President of Practice Activities at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said in a statement to Supermajority News.

Ectopic pregnancies, which are often life-threatening, occur when a fertilized egg attaches outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube, and can’t proceed normally. Quartz reports that while ectopic pregnancies only occur in about 2% of all pregnancies, they are the leading cause of death for pregnant women in their first trimester and are responsible for 4% of all pregnancy-related deaths.

Keller and Hood’s bill is not the first piece of anti-abortion legislation introduced by Ohio lawmakers that calls explicitly for the reimplantation of an ectopic pregnancy. In April, Ohio House Bill 182 proposed restricted insurance coverage for all abortions except for the nonexistent reimplantation procedure.

Instead of criminalizing ectopic pregnancies, Zahn says women experiencing them should receive safe and proper care. “Women with ectopic pregnancies are at risk for catastrophic hemorrhage and death in the setting of an ectopic pregnancy,” he said. “Treating the ectopic pregnancy can certainly save a mom’s life.”