John Becker, Ohio Representative, and a Republican claims that contraceptives cause “pregnancy terminations”. No, they don’t!
The Rep. hopes to ban every birth control because, apparently, it causes termination of pregnancies. He also claims that ectopic pregnancies can be fixed by simply bringing the embryo back to the uterus (it’s a pregnancy in which the embryo implants somewhere other than the uterus).
The fact is that this is medically IMPOSSIBLE, however, it’s what Becker’s bill assumes, and more than a fifth of his fellow Ohio Republicans co-sponsor the bill.
HB 182 bill bans insurance companies and public benefit plans from giving coverage for “nontherapeutic ending of pregnancies”.
Ohio has attempted to this over the last few years.
Ohio law currently states that a nontherapeutic ending of pregnancy is a termination performed or induced when the life of the mother would no be endangered if the fetus were carried to term, and it is, in fact, already banned in the state.
Insurence companies are also forbidden to give coverage on an individual basis in Ohio, as long as that individual pays for the full cost of the supplemental coverage.
Becker’s law would remove the exceptions of the law for incest and assault, and it would also disallow the ability to buy supplemental coverage.
The bill also defines “nontherapeutic termination of pregnancy” to include “medicaments or devices used to prevent the implantation of a fertilized ovum” – which is nearly all popular forms of birth control.
Jaime Miracle, deputy director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio said that birth control pills, IUDs, and other methods of birth control would be banned under this bill.
So, even though insurance companies are required to cover popular forms of birth control under the Affordable Care Act, the bill would not allow them to do so if passed.