Medical Science Misrepresented in Ohio Abortion Bill

On April 3, 2019, a bill (House Bill 182) was introduced in the Ohio Legislature that aims to limit insurance coverage for abortions. The bill includes provisions dealing with ectopic pregnancies, which occur when a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus, typically in the fallopian tube. The bill provides that insurers may cover a “procedure for an ectopic pregnancy, that is intended to reimplant the fertilized ovum into the pregnant woman’s uterus.” However, according to medical professionals, no such procedure currently exists. Dr. Daniel Grossman, the of Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health at the University of California at San Francisco, described the procedure as “science fiction” and stated “[w]e don’t have the technology to do that.” According to Dr. Grossman, “[n]othing can be done to continue with [an ectopic] pregnancy,” which must be terminated.