Thursday, November 21, 2019

Ohio Sets Record For Most Ridiculous Abortion Ban Yet

At this point, it's difficult for Republican-controlled states to outdo one another on abortion ban bills. Total bans with no exceptions, charging the pregnant people and doctors with first-degree murder punishable by the death penalty if they get/perform an abortion, all of these have been proposed by Republicans trying to get the so-called "pro-life" vote. How could it possibly get any worse?

Ohio Republicans found a way.

Ohio's proposed abortion ban would require doctors to reimplant ectopic pregnancies, but that's not possible


It was bad enough when one Republican suggested that transplanting ectopic pregnancies was a possible thing, because it's extremely not. Somehow, other Republicans have glommed onto this impossible idea to the point that they're now trying to require it by law.

The new proposal would also require doctors to attempt to reimplant ectopic pregnancies in the uterus, where it's supposed to grow. Ectopic pregnancies occur when a fertilized egg attaches itself outside the uterus, where it can't develop. 
But the Ohio proposal ignores the fact that reimplanting an ectopic pregnancy is "physiologically impossible," said Dr. Chris Zahn, the vice president of practice activities at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In fact, attempting that is extremely dangerous, and the technology needed to do it doesn't even exist.

You might as well pass a bill requiring doctors to supply patients with unicorn blood. If there was a way to reimplant zygotes that have implanted outside of the uterus, then they would already be doing that. But it's not like reattaching a cut-off finger. When a zygote implants in the uterus, it kicks off a process within the organ that involves the creation of the placenta and the production of necessary pregnancy hormones.

If it implants outside of the uterus, this process doesn't begin, and attempting to do it artificially is not going to cut it. The zygote has already begun growing. You can't sew it into the side of the interior of the uterus, which sounds really hard and invasive and dangerous to begin with, and expect the uterus or the zygote to act like it's still just a multiplying zygote that naturally implanted.

This is why I laugh at people who try to claim that you can't speak out against gun violence or be in favor of common sense gun control unless you know everything about guns.

Hopefully this bill won't pass, and if it does I would think it would be challenged and definitely lose in court. Because you can't order doctors to do the impossible. But the fact that this is an officially drafted and proposed bill at all is just embarrassing to the entire human species.

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