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Ohio Bill Orders Doctors To "Reimplant Ectopic Pregnancy" Or Face Murder Charges

Ohio Bill Orders Doctors To "Reimplant Ectopic Pregnancy" Or Face Murder Charges

If the embryonic tissue growth goes unchecked, it could kill a woman, thus an ectopic pregnancy is considered a life-threatening condition. 

Lawmakers in Ohio have introduced a bill that requires doctors to 'reimplant an ectopic pregnancy' into a woman's uterus or face charges of abortion murder. Ectopic pregnancies are rare conditions where the embryo attaches itself to the fallopian tube instead of the uterus rendering the pregnancy unviable. Unfortunately, there isn't a procedure to rectify it yet. While practicing obstetricians and gynecologists have once again attempted to explain the impossibility of the Ohio legislators' ask, their facts were dismissed. I don’t believe I’m typing this again but, that’s impossible. We’ll all be going to jail, wrote Dr. David Hackney, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Ohio, on Twitter.



 

During a time when conservative Republican politicians are trying to ban abortions completely, anti-abortion bills have become stricter than ever. However, nothing can beat Ohio's recent decision (House Bill 413) which has been regarded as one of the most extreme bills to date. Not only are the Ohio lawmakers demanding an impossible procedure to be carried out but are also putting the lives of mothers with this condition at risk. According to a report by The Guardian, if the embryonic tissue growth (in the fallopian tube) goes unchecked, it could kill a woman, thus an ectopic pregnancy is considered a life-threatening condition. 



 

House Bill 413 which defines a fertilized egg as an "unborn child" bans abortions entirely in addition to instructing medical experts to perform an impossible procedure or face criminal charges. The bill sponsored by representatives Candice Keller and Ron Hood appears to also prosecute women and children as young as 13 with "abortion murder" if they "have an abortion." If one commits this crime they would be facing a lifetime in prison. The bill further introduces a new crime, "aggravated abortion murder," which is punishable by death.  



 

The president of the anti-abortion group Ohio Right to Life, Mike Gonidakis, denied commenting on the bill which is co-sponsored by 19 members of Ohio’s 99-member House, as he is yet to finish reading the "approximately 700 pages long" bill. He reportedly informed that his team is "taking off the rest of the week for Thanksgiving." In April, the Ohio government had passed a six-week abortion ban, also known as the Heartbeat Bill. The controversial bill prohibited abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. This stage occurs when the pregnancy is as early as 6 weeks which is way before most women even know that they are pregnant. However, reproductive rights groups sued the bill immediately and it wasn't passed.



 

When the bill was first introduced in May, researcher Dr. Daniel Grossman argued the impossibility of the reimplanting a fertilized egg or embryo calling it "pure science fiction" in a viral Twitter thread. Even Dr. Chris Zahn, the vice-president of practice activities at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said, "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." He further added, "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."



 

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