In vitro fertility experts say these treatments could be banned in Ohio under a Republican-backed abortion ban that would be triggered by the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court.
Others who testified against this so-called “trigger” ban at a third House committee hearing on the bill on Thursday said there could also be economic impacts.
The trigger ban would completely ban abortion in Ohio if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, what she should do in a decision next month. .
This bill would classify embryos created through IVF as unborn children, said Dr. Thomas Burwinkle, OB/GYN and reproductive endocrinologist from Cincinnati.
“Giving embryos the same rights as an unborn child creates various situations that endanger the practice of IVF,” Burwinkle said. to perform routine tasks during the IVF process.
Burwinkle says this trigger ban bill could force the closure of IVF clinics in Ohio and erase the dreams of people hoping to become parents.
Under Ohio’s bill, medical personnel performing abortions would face prison terms and fines, which contain exceptions for a woman’s life or health, but not for rape or ‘incest. Democrats said the life and health exceptions in the bill would be too complicated to challenge
Shivani Deshpande, a medical student at Ohio University, said she and her colleagues are considering leaving the state if the ban passes.
“If abortion is banned, Ohio faces a future with undereducated and underexperienced medical professionals. So I ask you, in a state already suffering from high rates of maternal mortality and racial disparities in matters of health, to show leadership.”
Burwinkle testified that a total ban on abortion could cost the state hundreds of jobs and millions in tax revenue, and possibly drive young professionals out of Ohio.