IUD’s Would Be Banned With Ohio Bill Whose Sponsor Thinks It’s Like An Abortion
One of the most effective birth control methods, which allows many low income women to have sex without getting pregnant, is at risk of being banned.
[The measure] would institute a sweeping ban on insurance coverage for abortion in state residents’ public and private health plans. Restricting women’s ability to use their insurance plans to pay for abortion is becoming an increasingly popular anti-choice strategy — and Ohio’s proposed legislation may actually go even further. The measure would also make it harder for low-income women to afford the most effective form of birth control.
House Bill 351, which was the subject of a committee hearing on Tuesday, seeks to prohibit insurance plans from covering “drugs or devices used to prevent the implantation of a fertilized ovum.” That definition effectively bans several types of contraception, like the birth control pill and the IUD.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. John Becker, says an IUD is a form of abortion, but then basically admits he has no idea what he’s talking about: “This is just a personal view. I’m not a medical doctor,” he said.