Republican lawmakers in Ohio recently proposed anti-abortion legislation that would require doctors to reimplant ectopic pregnancies — which happen when an egg attaches outside of the uterus — despite such a procedure being a physiological impossibility.
Dr. Chris Zahn, the vice president of practice activities at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, told Insider that not only is the procedure impossible, attempting to perform it is extremely dangerous.
"It is not possible to move an ectopic pregnancy from a fallopian tube, or anywhere else it might have implanted, to the uterus," he said, explaining that there is currently no procedure in existence to successfully and safely move the egg.
Attempting to perform such a procedure “could result in an infection, a miscarriage, or the body rejecting the reimplantation,” Dr. Donnica Moore, the host of the podcast "In the Ladies' Room with Dr. Donnica," told Insider. Moore also noted that many times, the fertilized egg is not intact following an ectopic pregnancy.
Such a pregnancy itself is dangerous as well, Insider noted: “Left untreated, a fertilized egg outside the uterus could grow and rupture the fallopian tube and cause heavy bleeding or even death, according to the Mayo Clinic.”
The Ohio bill would also criminalize abortions and “consider doctors who perform abortions guilty of aggravated murder and subject to a life sentence or the death penalty.”