Ohio Representative John Becker (R) hopes to ban birth control because he says it causes abortion. He also claimed that ectopic pregnancies, which is a pregnancy in which the embryo implants somewhere other than the uterus, can be fixed by simply bringing the embryo back to the impregnated person’s uterus. Although this is medically impossible, this is what the Becker’s bill assumes. Nearly a fifth of his fellow Ohio Republicans co-sponsor the bill.
According to Rewire, HB 182 bans insurance companies and public benefit plans from giving coverage for “nontherapeutic abortions.” Ohio is one of several states that have attempted to do this over the past few years.
Insurance coverage for “nontherapeutic abortions” is in fact already banned in Ohio. According to Ohio law, a nontherapeutic abortion is “an abortion that is performed or induced when the life of the mother would not be endangered if the fetus were carried to term or when the pregnancy of the mother was not the result of rape or incest reported to a law enforcement agency.”
Current Ohio law also permits insurance companies to give abortion coverage on an individual basis as long as that individual pays for the full cost of the supplemental abortion coverage.
Becker’s law would remove exceptions for rape and incest and would disallow the ability that consumers currently have to buy supplemental coverage, so people would have to pay out-of-pocket for nontherapeutic abortions. This would make the cost of an abortion prohibitive for most people.
Becker’s bill also defines “nontherapeutic abortion” to include “drugs or devices used to prevent the implantation of a fertilized ovum.” What he’s describing is nearly all popular forms of birth control.
“Birth control pills, IUDs, and other methods of birth control like that—the bill states that any birth control that could act to stop a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus is considered an abortion under this bill,” Jaime Miracle, deputy director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, said.
If the bill was passed, insurance companies would not be allowed to cover popular forms of birth control, despite the fact that they are required to do so under the Affordable Care Act.
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