North Dakota House overwhelmingly passes abortion pill reversal bill

By Dave Andrusko

A week after a committee heard testimony on a bill that would inform a woman undergoing a chemical abortion it may be possible to save her baby should she change her mind, the North Dakota House of Representatives passed House Bill 1336 on a vote of 73-16. HB 1336 now goes to the state Senate.

A bill banning the dismemberment of living unborn babies is also being considered.

Five states already have laws that require women to told about APR– “Abortion Pill Reversal.” Medication Abortions [“RU-486”] involve two drugs: Mifeprex, taken at the abortion clinic, and then 48-72 hours later, misoprostol, a prostaglandin. The Abortion Pill Reversal technique is premised on the woman not taking the second drug and being given large dosages of progesterone in order to counteract the effect of the first pill.

“When I go in as a woman to consult my physician, I want all the options, I want all the information, I want second opinions,” said Edinburg Republican Sen. Janne Myrdal, a bill cosponsor, according to the Grand Forks Herald’s John Hageman. “Why on earth are we dealing with a pregnancy differently?”

McKenzie McCoy, who is part of the Right to Life group in McKenzie County, emotionally told the committee she had a medication abortion a decade ago.

“If I had been told that there was a second chance … I would have taken it,” she said through tears.

Tammi Kromenaker, director of the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota, parroted the pro-abortion response in her testimony last week to the House Human Services Committee. HB 1336 would “force physicians to lie to their patients,” she said, because there is no “credible, medically accepted evidence that a medication abortion can be ‘reversed.’”

However, this canard is growing harder to defend, month by month. Hundreds and hundreds of babies have already been saved. And as NRL News Today has reported on numerous occasions, a study in Issues in Law & Medicine of 547 women provided additional evidence APR works.

The lead author is prominent abortion pill reversal developer George Delgado. Working with several other national and international medical researchers, the study affirmed (as Katie Franklin explains)

that the Abortion Pill Reversal protocol is both safe and effective for women who change their mind after beginning a chemical abortion.

The study, which followed 754 women who wanted to stop their in-progress chemical abortion, reported a 68 percent success rate in reversing the effects of mifepristone, the first pill in the two-part chemical abortion process.

The APR protocol involves administering progesterone to counteract the first abortion pill. Progesterone is FDA-approved and has been used to prevent miscarriage since the 1950s. Today, the APR protocol is backed by a network of 350 medical providers and a 24/7 hotline (1-877-558-0333), now operated by Heartbeat International through OptionLine. Since 2007, over 500 women have used the APR protocol to save their babies from abortion.