2019-12-01 20:35:00 UTC
Hoo boy. (Hint: The operation doesn't exist.)
And if anyone here doesn't know, an unaborted ectopic pregnancy can easily be lethal to the woman.
A bill to ban abortion introduced in the Ohio state legislature 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”.
This is the second time practising obstetricians and gynecologists have tried to tell the Ohio legislators that the idea is currently medically impossible.
The move comes amid a wave of increasingly severe anti-abortion bills introduced across much of the country as conservative Republican politicians seek to ban abortion and force a legal showdown on abortion with the supreme court.
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...
...In May, researcher Dr Daniel Grossman argued reimplanting a fertilized egg or embryo is “pure science fiction” in a Twitter thread that went viral in May, when the bill was first introduced.
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
Comment from "Michael":
"You would think that, even if you were an anti-abortion politician, you would consult medical professionals, that were sympathetic to your position, to advise you on a medically realistic bill. Obviously the super geniuses who govern Ohio found that idea too difficult for their limited intellect. I'm not an expert on medical science and most people are not. I would definitely be consulting someone who was before crafting regulations pertaining to the medical sciences."
This whole thing reminds me of the former Rep. Todd Akin in 2012. Why didn't HE try to find a doctor or two who would agree with him before opening his mouth? Don't politicians CARE about not making themselves look like idiots?