Updated Fri, Jun 6, 2014 11:58 am
Republican State Representative John Becker wants to eliminate all coverage for abortion in state health care plans, even in cases of rape and incest or when the life of the mother is in danger. The only exception is an abortion would be an ectopic pregnancy when the egg is implanted in the fallopian tubes. But the bill does something else.
Becker said the bill would eliminate insurance coverage for some popular forms of birth control, like an inner-uterine device.
"Yes, an I U D would be prevented because those take a human life without question," Becker said. "That’s what those are designed to do."
Becker said the bill would also eliminate other forms of birth control, like certain birth control pills, that prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman’s uterus. Democratic State Representative John Carney takes issue with Becker’s thinking on this subject.
"Here you’ve got a representative who just lacks fundamental understanding of medical science who is pushing forward a piece of legislation that would impact many many people here in the state of Ohio," Carney said.
Carney said there’s no need for lawmakers to give this bill serious consideration.