Pro-life doctor weighs in amid furor over Ohio ectopic pregnancy bill

Catholic News Agency | 12/12/2019 | Staff
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Columbus, Ohio, Dec 12, 2019 / 12:48 am (CNA).- Controversy continues over a bill in Ohio that would require doctors to attempt to “reimplant” embryos removed during procedures to treat ectopic pregnancy, with both pro-life and pro-choice advocates noting that doing so is not yet medically possible.

“I understand the theoretical ideal of being able to do something like that,” Dr. Mary Jo O’Sullivan, a high-risk obstetrician and Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami, told CNA in an interview.

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“But it's an ideal, and it's theoretical, and I don't know that a lot of patients would go for it...you just have to have proper evidence that this is really a viable option.”

HB413 in the Ohio Legislature includes a provision that doctors must attempt to “reimplant” ectopic pregnancies in a woman’s uterus “if applicable.” The bill, which has garnered attention around the world, is currently in committee.

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“[Reimplantation] is so theoretical at this point, that I can't imagine how anybody would vote to approve this,” O’Sullivan commented.

“It's food for thought, no question about that. Maybe it will stimulate some kind of research to see whether this can actually be done, at least in animals.”

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An ectopic pregnancy occurs when an embryo implants outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube. Once implanted, the embryo’s growth is likely to rupture the fallopian tube, which can cause the death of both mother and child.

With modern ultrasound, it is possible to make a diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy fairly early on, as long as you have an early first trimester ultrasound, O’Sullivan said.

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There are three common medical procedures to address ectopic pregnancies, she noted, only one of which is widely considered to be moral from a Catholic perspective.

The patient may be offered methotrexate, which is an anti-cancer drug that stops the embryo’s cells...
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