A proposed abortion bill in Ohio that would require doctors to perform the “impossible” task of re-implanting ectopic pregnancies, or face “abortion murder” charges, is gaining international attention.
“This is the second time Ohio lawmakers have attempted to legislate for a procedure that doesn’t exist,” Bethania Palma wrote for the fact-checking website Snopes.
Ohio House Bill 413, known as the “abortion murder” bill, has not yet received a vote, but it’s already generated controversy around the world.
For its sponsor, Ohio State Rep. Candice Keller (R-Middletown), it’s a way to root out abortion in the state once and for all: “The time for regulating evil and compromise is over,” she said in a November statement.
In addition to calling for doctors to “reimplant an ectopic pregnancy” into a patient’s uterus following an abortion, a procedure called “impossible” by medical experts, or risk being charged with murder, the 700-page legislation outlaws abortion outright and defines a fertilized egg as an “unborn child.”
Gov. Mike DeWine signed the heartbeat abortion bill into law in April, banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. It has since been temporarily blocked by a federal judge.
Keller, who has served in the Ohio House of Representatives since 2016, is no stranger to controversy. She gained international attention back in August after she blamed mass shootings on “gay marriage, violent video games, marijuana, and snowflakes.”