Lunacy in Ohio

The Ohio Senate is considering a bill which requires physicians to re-implant ectopic (tubal) pregnancies in the uterus.

Ohio is currently mulling a new abortion bill proposed by Republican senators, House Bill 413, which would force doctors to “reimplant an ectopic pregnancy” into the uterus of a woman who suffered from the complication.

This procedure is technically impossible, but if the doctor doesn’t perform it, the new bill states, they would face a charge of “abortion murder” the Guardian reports.

In an ectopic pregnancy, a complication which sees the embryo attach outside of the uterus, a woman can die if the tissue is allowed to continue growing.

On its website, the Mayo Clinic says of the complication: “An ectopic pregnancy can’t proceed normally. The fertilized egg can’t survive, and the growing tissue may cause life-threatening bleeding, if left untreated.”

I gather that the loonies behind this say that Our Invisible Friend will sort it all out. This is nuts and, if passed, will doubtless be the target of litigation before the end of the day of the Governor’s signature. It’s a good pointer to how deranged the Evangelical Right actually is, however.

There are serious-minded, good faith arguments to be made on both sides of the abortion issue; convincing or not, I draw no inferences about the brains and character of those whose thinking is different than mine. BUT, of the many arguments the stupidest, the one that marks its maker as a preposterous idiot, is the one that goes: My Invisible Friend says so. Naturally, that’s the one that Evangelical morons take most seriously.

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