Women’s health advocates in Ohio are furious over a new bill that would require a 48-hour waiting period before abortions and for women seeking the procedure to go over their financial situation with their doctors.
According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the bill would mandate that doctors who perform abortions disclose to their patients in writing how much money their practice earns a year and how much money they will lose by not performing abortions. Patients would also be required to undergo an ultrasound and hear a verbal description of the fetus from their doctor during a waiting period.
“There’s no health implication of that for the woman and for the fetus,” Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio president Stephanie Kight told WSYX-TV on Friday. “It’s just another way of shaming her.”
Physicians would be required to tell their patients that their risk of breast cancer would increase after an abortion, and that fetuses and embryos can feel pain. If it becomes law, abortion providers would face first-degree felony charges and a $1 million fine if they did not fulfill those requirements.
Kight also pointed out that the notion of a link between abortion and breast cancer has been debunked by both the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The bill was introduced by state Rep. Ron Hood (R) and co-sponsored by 34 of his colleagues. WCMH-TV reported that HB 200 will soon be taken up by the state House Health and Aging Committee.
“Ron Hood should probably be prosecuted for practicing medicine without a license with his requirement for doctors to lie about the connection between breast cancer and abortion — which according to every reputable medical source does not exist,” Jamie Miracle, state policy director for the Ohio branch of NARAL, said to WCMH.
But Hood told WCMH he had data indicating the matter was still open for debate.
“I will take them at their word that they’re ‘pro-choice’,” Hood said to WCMH regarding opponents of the bill. “Well if they’re pro-choice, what’s wrong with an informed choice?”
Watch WSYX’s report, aired Friday, below.
[Editor's note: The original version of this article stated that women would have to disclose their income to abortion providers rather than the other way around. Raw Story regrets the error.]