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Anti-Choice Legislators Introduce Politicians Playing Doctor Act

COLUMBUS – Yesterday, State Representative Ron Hood (R-Ashville) and 34 of his colleagues introduced H.B. 200. This legislation, the Politicians Playing Doctor Act, will require medically unnecessary delays and invasive procedures, and force doctors to read a medically-inaccurate script to their patients.

"Ohio’s anti-choice politicians are hell-bent on inserting themselves into the personal, private decisions that take place between a woman and her doctor,” said Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. "The Politicians Playing Doctor Act will force women seeking abortion care to undergo invasive transvaginal ultrasounds. It will also impose new burdensome waiting periods and includes provisions that will require doctors to blatantly lie to their patients. To add insult to injury, this bill includes no exceptions for women experiencing medical complications, fetal anomalies or for survivors of rape or incest.”

Introduction of the Politicians Playing Doctor Act comes in the heels of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists’ statement condemning legislative interference into the doctor patient relationship.

"Sadly, this bill, and the anti-choice provisions in the state budget, do not do anything to prevent unintended pregnancies, decrease pregnancy complications or increase access to prenatal care—in fact they may exacerbate these issues. If Governor Kasich and legislators are truly concerned about women’s health, we urge them to refocus their efforts on proposals that increase access to quality healthcare,” continued Copeland.


Contact: Kellie Copeland 216-283-2180

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