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Proposed Ohio bill asks doctors to re-implant ectopic pregnancies or face “abortion murder” charges

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 04 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6818

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The myth of ectopic pregnancy transplantation

  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

Legislators in Ohio, USA, have introduced a bill that would outlaw abortion and could charge doctors and patients with “abortion murder.” In ectopic pregnancies, doctors would be required to try to re-implant the pregnancy in the woman’s uterus.1

The bill says, “No person shall purposely, and with prior calculation and design, perform or have an abortion. Whoever violates this section is guilty of aggravated abortion murder . . . A court shall regard the unborn child victim of an aggravated abortion murder or abortion murder as a person who is less than thirteen years of age.” Punishment would be 15 years to life in prison.

There are certain exceptions, however, and a doctor would not face punishment if an abortion was performed because a woman’s life was …

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