A new bill, HB 413, sponsored by nearly two dozen Republicans in the Ohio House, would take “all possible steps to preserve the life of the unborn child” including taking a (potentially fatal) ectopic pregnancy and reimplanting it into the woman’s uterus.
That’s not a thing that doctors do. That’s not how anything works.
Yet not considering this option, according to the anti-abortion bill, could lead to a punishment for the doctor for “abortion murder.” Which also isn’t a thing.
It’s the latest attempt by Ohio Republicans to punish anyone possible for being involved in an abortion with no thought given to why women might need one, why doctors make certain decisions, or how anything actually works.
Ohio’s move on ectopic pregnancies — where an embryo implants on the mother’s fallopian tube rather than her uterus rendering the pregnancy unviable — is one of the most extreme bills to date.
“I don’t believe I’m typing this again but, that’s impossible,” wrote Ohio obstetrician and gynecologist Dr David Hackney on Twitter. “We’ll all be going to jail,” he said.
HB 413 would ban abortion in all circumstances and improperly defines a fertilized egg as an “unborn child.” In certain cases of “aggravated abortion murder” — which, again, is not a thing — the punishment could include the death penalty.
The sponsors of the bill include:
Candice R. Keller (co-sponsor)
Ron Hood (co-sponsor)
Niraj J. Antani
Riordan T. McClain
Craig S. Riedel
Mark J. Romanchuk
A. Nino Vitale
All of them would rather see women suffer and dictate what doctors should do despite their expert training all because they pretend to give a damn about fertilized eggs far more than girls and women who have made a decision that’s best for themselves. (That doesn’t even get into rape or incest victims, who receive no exemptions under this bill.)
As the Guardian notes, Ohio already passed a ban on abortion after six weeks — before some women even know they’re pregnant — but it was deemed unconstitutional by the courts. This more extreme bill, even if it passes, would likely suffer a similar defeat. But with a Republican-dominated Supreme Court able to override common sense and basic decency, women’s rights are an afterthought to conservatives pushing for these extreme abortion bans.
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