One-fifth of the representatives in the House in Ohio has signed a bill that would ban most private insurance coverage for ending pregnancies, and opponents say that it would also ban effective methods of birth control.
The bill has been sponsored by Republican John Becker, and it would prohibit most insurance companies from offering coverage for these services.
He says that the intent is to “save lives and reduce the cost of employers and employees health care insurance”.
The bill would also ban “medicaments or devices used to prevent the implantation of a fertilized ovum”, which means that it would also ban effective methods of birth control.
Becker adds that the bill also speaks to coverage of ectopic or tubal pregnancies, where the fertilized egg attaches outside of the womb.
According to Becker, part of the treatment would be removing that embryo from the fallopian tube and reinserting it in the uterus.
Jaime Miracle, deputy director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio says that such a procedure doesn’t exist in the realm of treatment, because it’s not even a medical thing.
She adds that women would have to wait until their very lives are in danger to end their pregnancies under this bill, and it will have truly grave impacts on Ohio’s infant and maternal mortality rate.
She notes that the bill will also ban insurance from covering popular methods of birth control, including IUD’s, birth control pills, and other methods.
Becker insists, though, that his bill does not target birth control.
Ohio lawmakers passed a bill and Gov. Mike DeWine signed a law which bans pregnancy terminations as early as six weeks into a pregnancy just last month, and it would go even further if this legislation passes through as written.