Ohio State Rep: IUDs Are Like Abortions

Ohio State Rep. John Becker isn’t “a medical doctor.” But in his “personal view,” intrauterine devices (better known as IUDs) are essentially like abortions because they prevent fertilized eggs from being implanted and therefore should be included in the House’s proposed ban on insurance-covered abortions. At the first hearing on House Bill 351 this week, which makes insurance coverage for abortions—even in cases of rape, incest, and threat to the mother’s health—illegal, the inclusion of IUDs predictably sparked debate. Rep. John Carney challenged Becker’s assertion that IUDs cause abortions and called the bill “very disrespectful to the women of our state.”