An Ohio bill requires that doctors must re-implant an ectopic pregnancy after removing the embryo from the fallopian tubes. Both state obstetricians and gynecologists have repeatedly attempted to explain to Ohio lawmakers that the idea is not medically possible, but no one is listening.
The new bill comes on the heels of a wave of stricter anti-abortion bills being adopted by several states. Republicans have done all the can over the last year to find a way to ban abortion and force a legal showdown on abortion within the supreme court.
“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 added.
An ectopic pregnancy is a complication of pregnancy in which the embryo attaches outside the uterus. Signs and symptoms classically include abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding. A normal pregnancy inside the uterus, after a fertilized egg, travels through your fallopian tube and attaches to the uterine lining. Ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilized egg attaches somewhere else in your body, usually in your fallopian tube. It is sometimes referred to as a “tubal pregnancy.”
On top of ordering doctors to do an impossible procedure or face criminal charges, House Bill 413 bans abortion outright and defines a fertilized egg as an “unborn child”.
The way the bill reads it appears to punish doctors, women and children as young as 13 with “abortion murder” if they “perform or have an abortion.” The “crime” The bill also lists “aggravated abortion murder” as punishable by death.
Rep. Ron Hood and Candice Keller are co-sponsoring the bill.
Back in the summer, Ohio passed a six-week abortion ban. The “heartbeat bill”, bans abortion before most women even know that they are pregnant. Reproductive rights groups filed suit and the bill was stopped from going into effect.
When this bill was first brought up back in May. Dr. Daniel Grossman argued re-implanting a fertilized egg or embryo is “pure science fiction” in a Twitter thread that went viral.
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. https://t.co/BdXYHnCAtI
— Dr. Daniel Grossman (@DrDGrossman) May 8, 2019
Dr, David N. Hackney tweeted “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. @ACOGAction.”
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”
— David N Hackney MD, FACOG (@DavidNHackney) November 19, 2019
“There is no procedure to reimplant an ectopic pregnancy,” said Dr. Chris Zahn, vice-president of practice activities at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. “It 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,” added Zahn.