Ohio Republicans Want Women To Record Their Miscarriages

ohio gop barbara sears miscarriage abortionIf you’re a woman and you have been pregnant, there’s a decent chance you’ve had a miscarriage, or even an abortion. Out of every pregnancy, as many as 25 percent end in a miscarriage. This a common and sad fact of human reproduction, but now Ohio lawmakers want women to sign a form to keep a record not only of their abortions, but miscarriages as well.

Representative Barbara Sears is a sponsor of the bill, and while she is an anti-abortion conservative, she claims this has nothing to do with interfering with women’s reproductive rights.

“The idea of respectfully treating the remains of an infant who has been aborted, I think is critical. And I think that you can see how we treat our own childhood pets when we are disposing of them in a respectful way, you know I think that people are shocked. And I don’t think that it matters whether you are Republican or Democrat or Independent or oblivious to politics all together.”

Representative Robert McColley says there are still details to work out…such as whether there would be specific cemeteries for the bodies or places where cremains could be spread. Right now, in Ohio, he says the state does not record the names of women who get abortions and he says while the state would require all women to sign this form, the goal would not be to start a statewide registry of sorts. (Source)

This bill comes on the heels of a fake scandal from Ohio Republicans who claim to be shocked that medical waste from abortions and miscarriages were disposed of by Planned Parenthood in a landfill.

Enduring a miscarriage or an abortion is already hard enough for women, and this proposed law would add intentional extra shame and mental anguish to the experience of a lost pregnancy, planned or not.

Across the country, anti-abortion activists have learned that they cannot outright ban abortion or completely cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, so they’ve introduced all sorts of laws to infringe on a woman’s right to choose. There have been doctored videos intended to incite the far right against Planned Parenthood, that were promoted and cited by Carly Fiorina and the conservative media, which likely contributed to three people being murdered in Colorado Springs by a deranged individual.

This legislation is intended to shame women and it is extremely intrusive. It’s par for the course for a political party which claims to abhor big government, but wants to keep record of every lost pregnancy in the state of Ohio, whether through medical procedure or accidental.

As someone who was an anti-abortion activist as a teenager growing up in the Republican Party, I can tell you that this has nothing to do with medical records, and everything to do with shaming women.

By wrapping miscarriages in with abortions, Ohio Republicans are trying to use a ginned up controversy to give medical credibility to their assertion that life begins at conception. The idea is shameful, embarrassing, and exactly what anti-choice activists want in order to further the decades-old campaign against Roe v. Wade.


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  • Edward Krebbs

    While I heartily endorse that miscarriages be treated respectfully (and the same for any human tissues including surgical and pathology specimens), the 25 % number for miscarriages is quite low. Even more miscarriages happen without the woman knowing she is pregnant.

    And I really wonder about the push to “keep a record.” A miscarriage can be a devastating time to the parents. This measure seems to be un-needfully cruel. And I don’t see where it does any good (instead of establishing some sort of un-needed database.)

    • Helen Loeb

      Many miscarriages occur when a woman doesn’t even know she is pregnant and just has a torrential period.

  • Kathryn

    Shame on Barbara Sears! A miscarriage is traumatic enough for a woman without having nosy, government busybodies who have nothing better to than to make women miserable in tragedy standing in judgment, suspicion, and accusation over her.

  • Sephia8

    Time to regulate men’s sex acts!

    Men need to get registered through a county.
    1- Give sperm sample to a doctor so their DNA is on file, in case of a rape, and so they can take responsibility for ANY children spawned while they are registered to have sex.
    2- They need to update their registration card every 6 months along with DNA samples and blood samples to make sure they stay STD and other disease free.
    3- They also need to have a sex education class, every 6 months so they know how to prevent an accidental pregnancy.

  • GenerallyConfused

    Do these people realise that when a miscarriage happens (the ones in the first trimester), it is literally a clump of white and red. That’s it.

    Then there are the miscarriages that are absorbed back into the body.

    I’ve had both. It was crappy and sad – but to want a woman to report that and bury it?? That’s intrusive and callous and wrong on so many different levels.

    A handmaid’s tale, here we come.

    • Amanda Cantrell

      I have had two miscarriages in the first trimester both my babies have names and both my babies had heartbeats before they stopped. I have headstones for my children and my children did exist! No matter what ignorant people say. It was a traumatic experience for and I still have anxiety attacks from it! It is because of comments like this and people like you that women are afraid to speak of their own miscarriage and some suffer in silence and many do not get the help they need for fear of being shamed for grieving over their child!

  • W H

    I’ll send them my menstrual blood every month. They can look for miscarriages themselves since it’s so personal for them.