Governors sign three pro-life bills

By Dave Andrusko

More good news. Last week three pro-life measures came to fruition.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed HB 1336, the Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent bill. HB1336 requires abortion facilities to provide information to any woman seeking an abortion about how she can potentially save her baby if she changes her mind after taking the first medication, but not the second.

HB 1336 passed the House 73-16 in late January and the Senate 34-11 less than two weeks ago.

Likewise in Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson strengthened its Abortion Reversal Consent law. The Arkansas Senate passed its version last month. Last Monday the House voted in favor, 70-14.

Seven states now have laws that require women to be told about Abortion Pill Reversal. Medication Abortions [or “medical abortions–“RU-486”] involve two drugs: Mifeprex, taken at the abortion clinic, and then 48-72 hours later, misoprostol, a prostaglandin.

These bills require abortion facilities to provide information to any woman seeking a chemical abortion about how she can potentially save her baby if she changes her mind after taking the first drug, but not the second, of the two drugs that make up the abortion technique.

She then receives large dosages of progesterone to negate the effect of the first drug.

Also very good news in Utah. Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law a measure that would ban abortions performed solely because the baby had a diagnosis of Down syndrome. As we reported previously, the law, it will not take effect until a similar ban in another state is upheld by a court, the so-called trigger clause.

The Utah House passed HB205 overwhelmingly, 54-17. The state Senate did its part with a 20-6 vote.

Four other states –North Dakota, Indiana, Louisiana , and Ohio—have enacted laws prohibiting abortion for genetic anomalies.