GOP Anti-Abortion Bill Questioned For Accuracy

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Dr. Robert Crane, Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at The Ohio State University, gives a definitive answer to a bill introduced by Republican lawmakers this week.

"There is no link between breast cancer and abortion," said Crane.  "We have clear scientific evidence about this."

House Bill 200 was introduced by Republican Rep. Ron Hood and co-signed by 34 of his GOP colleagues.

It would require abortion providers tell a woman that having the procedure will increase her risk of breast cancer.  

Doctors who fail to follow the rules could be fined up to $1 million.

"To have physicians be forced to prevaricate lies to their patients to solve some sort of political dilemma seems a real problem," said Crane.

Pro Choice advocates call the bill outrageous.

"It's telling doctors that they need to tell women medically inaccurate information about the non-existent link between abortion and breast cancer," said Jamie Miracle of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.

Besides the breast cancer warning, the bill would also require a 48-hour waiting period for abortions.

It would require that doctors explain their ultrasound to women.

And it would require doctors tell patients seeking abortions how much money the doctor earns and how much income they would lose by not performing them.

Pro-life supporters say the bill has merit.

"Anytime a woman can have all the information that she can have before a decision, especially one on life or death, I think it's a good thing and we can all agree on that," said Mike Gonidakis of Ohio Right to Life.

But Gonidakis says his organization has not yet endorsed the bill.

Last year, Ohio Right to Life opposed the controversial "heartbeat" bill, calling it unconstitutional.

Abortion rights advocates say Republicans failed to read correctly the election returns in Ohio last November.

"I think this bill shows the women of our state who is at play here," said Miracle.  "It really shows that men want to control our reproductive choices and that's something the women of Ohio don't agree with."

Gonidakis countered that Ohio voters are responsible for sending their representatives to the statehouse.

"The voters in 2010 elected the most pro-life friendly government in our state’s history," said Gonidakis.  "From top to bottom starting with pro-life Gov. John Kasich. In 2012, they increased the pro-life majority in the Ohio House. So the voters in the state of Ohio want pro-life office holders."

Crane says the ongoing political debate is overshadowing the experts in the medical field.

"We as providers are stuck in the middle," said Crane.  "We want to give women care, good care and keep them healthy.  That's the challenge we face and we cannot have political agendas imposed upon us."

The abortion issue will be discussed this Sunday on Capitol Square.  It airs at 11:30 a.m., following Face the Nation, on 10TV.