Ohio Republicans introduce bill that could ban IVF by recognizing ‘personhood’ from conception

By: - July 13, 2022 3:35 am
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Ohio House Republicans introduced a new bill Monday that physicians worry would ban in vitro fertilization (IVF).

H.B. 704, sponsored by state Rep. Gary Click, a Republican from Vickery, would recognize “personhood” from the moment of conception.

“Nothing in this section shall be interpreted in any manner that would endanger the life of a mother,” the three-sentence bill stated.

This wouldn’t be the first time the Ohio GOP wanted to change the definition of personhood.

In H.B. 598, the total abortion ban that many Republicans are expecting to go into place in the winter, specifies that an “unborn child” refers to an “individual organism of the species homo sapiens from fertilization until live birth.”

“House Bill 598 may erase the dreams of many patients of becoming parents through IVF or other reproductive technologies,” Dr. Thomas Burwinkel, an OB/GYN specializing in IVF, said during opponent testimony on May 26.

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Morgan Trau
Morgan Trau

Morgan Trau is a political reporter and multimedia journalist based out of the WEWS Columbus Bureau. A graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Trau has previously worked as an investigative, political and fact-checking reporter in Grand Rapids, Mich. at WZZM-TV; a reporter and MMJ in Spokane, Wash. at KREM-TV and has interned at 60 Minutes and worked for CBS Interactive and PBS NewsHour.