A bill involving the resuscitation of infants after birth with an attachment targeting abortion providers is criticized for the impact it would have on complicated but desired pregnancies rather than abortions.
Senate Bill 157, a bill labeled as a measure to track and prevent possible medical malpractice in what the bill’s sponsors are calling “botched abortions,” had its second hearing Thursday before the families, aging and social services committee.
But opponents of the bill argue that the regulations that would be required under the bill would leave doctors wondering what to do in tragic situations where planned or desired pregnancies go awry.
Dr Erika Boothman, obstetrician / gynecologist in Columbus, told the story of a patient whose waters broke when the baby was “pre-viable”, according to Boothman, which means “there is no has no chance of successfully resuscitating the baby if she were to deliver.
The patient was offered induction of labor to avoid possible infection and to have a controlled delivery. Boothman explained that “comfort measures and medication” might be offered for the baby, but resuscitation efforts would not only be futile, but would keep the baby away from the parents after birth.
“(The patient) found solace and the ability to close with being able to hold her baby right after birth, to be with her baby while she died,” Boothman said.
Resuscitation is not possible in a fetus less than 20 weeks gestation, so she said the bill “solves a non-existent problem.”
She submitted this story along with her testimony on SB 157 to the House Families, Aging & Human Services committee on Thursday, but before the committee started, she spoke at a press conference with NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio advocates. .
“Pulling the baby (of the patient) away from her arms immediately after giving birth to administer medication, perform chest compressions and attempt to put a breathing tube in her small throat was not (she) or her newborn baby needed. “said Boothman. “They need medical care guided by science and compassion, not dictated by state law.”
Under Senate Bill 157, resuscitation of any fetus born alive after an abortion is required in all cases. Pro-choice lawyers and legal organizations have argued that rescue efforts are already required in Ohio law, so the bill is unnecessary.
Jaime Miracle, deputy director of NARAL, also spoke at the committee meeting, saying that day surgery facilities that perform abortions also follow the law by calling 911 and dispatching an ambulance when a hospital is needed. .
She called the bill a “failed attempt to stigmatize abortion providers” for a situation that is rare, if not present.
“That’s not how abortion care works, it’s not how everything is done, and they create this paper dragon,” Miracle said.
State data is also collected on induced abortions in the state, including complications that present during abortion (including “failed abortions”), and “failed abortions” represent very few cases, and neither case was in a viable pregnancy.
Abortion is legal in Ohio until 22 weeks gestation.
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