Long before I began medical school, my boyfriend Jack [name changed] and I were lying on our bellies in the grass after finishing our last semester of college. Nostalgia and excitement swirled in the air. He was gushing about his new job offer while I carried on about expensive applications and my passion for medicine.

Somehow, we found ourselves discussing abortion when he stopped me and squeezed my hand, “I want to tell you something,” he said.

That day, Jack decided he would open up to me about his personal experience with abortion, and for that I am so grateful. He and his girlfriend Laura [name changed] were both 13 years old when they started having sex. Jack had heard the word “condom” but had never actually seen one, let alone knew how to properly use one. They had sex three times before Laura found herself pregnant.

Young and terrified, they waited months before telling anyone, but finally found the courage to inform both sets of parents. The young girl, with support from all parties, decided she would have an abortion. By the time Laura was seen at a clinic, a D&E procedure, a safe and medically proven method of abortion, was needed.

Both Jack and Laura graduated college and are now able to choose when and how they will become parents. His story moved me. The promise I had made to myself years earlier was reaffirmed: I would become a physician and an advocate for reproductive justice.

Senate Bill 145 in the Ohio legislature, a ban on D&E procedures, would have prevented Laura and many women like her from receiving the care they needed by robbing them of the choices women deserve. This dangerous bill has already passed out of the state Senate and is close to passing the House, after which it will go to Gov. John Kasich for his signature.

Over the years, more and more people have elected to share their unique and powerful stories with me. As a second-year medical student at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, a future physician and member of Physicians for Reproductive Health, I am disgusted and saddened by this legislation. By outlawing the standard second-trimester abortion procedure, this bill prevents Ohio physicians from providing individualized care based on each patient’s unique needs and circumstances, a cornerstone of the patient-provider relationship.

This ban is harmful to women’s health and a waste of the taxpayer dollars that would be lost in litigation. This restriction would also have a disproportionate impact on those who already face far too many barriers to health care — people with low incomes, people of color, people with disabilities, young people and people living in our state’s rural areas.

If S.B. 145 were to pass, it would absolutely discourage me and many of my colleagues from practicing in Ohio following the completion of our medical education, increasing the statewide physician shortage. A ban on a safe, evidence-based medical procedure would make it impossible for us to receive adequate training to best serve our future patients.

Abortion bans like S.B. 145 have been found to be unconstitutional in all six states where they have been challenged, and they are an alarming interference in medical practice. Politicians should not intrude into complex medical decisions by taking options away from providers and patients. A state so clearly hostile to evidence-based reproductive health care cannot properly educate its physicians in training or support the work of its medical community.

My plan is to return eventually return to northwest Ohio so that I am able to live in and serve my community. Harmful legislation that interferes with the practice of medicine in the state is a major deterrent and deciding factor. I chose a career in medicine so that I could provide the best possible health care for my patients. If politicians continue to impinge on my ability to do so, I will be forced to practice elsewhere.

When voting on such legislation, I ask that our elected representatives in the House please consider all of their constituents. This includes: low-income people, young people, people of color, current and future health professionals and many more who would be harmed by this bill. Ohio’s patients and student physicians deserve better.

Knannlein is a second-year student at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.