Friday, December 6, 2019

Ohio bill orders doctors to ‘re-implant ectopic pregnancy’ or face 'abortion murder' charges

I read an article published in the-guardian and got confused how can this US Ohio story or the law be possible. Either the guardian interpretation of the law is wrong, or the law makers have no sense in making a law which can risk the life of a pregnant women with ectopic pregnancy. I think other NNAs should respond.

Recently the Ohio governor, Mike DeWine, signed the ‘heartbeat bill’, one of the nation’s toughest abortion bans, on 11 April 2019. The bill requires doctors to “reimplant an ectopic pregnancy” into a woman’s uterus – a procedure that does not exist in medical science – or face charges of “abortion murder," a procedure that is currently medically impossible.

An ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition, which can kill a woman if the embryonic tissue grows unchecked. In addition to ordering doctors to do the impossible or face criminal charges, House Bill 413 bans abortion outright and defines a fertilized egg as an “unborn child”.

It also appears to punish doctors, women and children as young as 13 with “abortion murder” if they “perform or have an abortion”. This crime is punishable by life in prison. Another new crime, “aggravated abortion murder”, is punishable by death, according to the bill.

Ohio passed a six-week abortion ban last summer. The “heartbeat bill”, as supporters called it, banned abortion before most women knew they are pregnant. 

Dr KK Aggarwal
Padma Shri Awardee
President Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO)
Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications
President Heart Care Foundation of India
Past National President IMA

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