By Dave Andrusko
As soon as Gov. Pete Ricketts signs LB 209, Nebraska will join eight other states in having a law on the books requiring that women be informed about Abortion Pill Reversal (APR).
The other eight are Arizona , Arkansas, South Dakota ,Utah, Idaho North Dakota, Kentucky, and Oklahoma. Their laws require that women contemplating a chemical abortion be informed that if they do not take the second of two drugs, they may save their unborn child.
LB 209 would strengthen Nebraska’s present Informed Consent on Abortion statute. Abortion facilities would have to direct the women to the Nebraska Dept. of Health & Human Services which would provide further information as well as help the woman to find a medical professional skilled in the protocol of providing progesterone to reverse the process.
“LB 209 will have a meaningful impact for women undergoing chemical abortions,” said Julie Schmit-Albin, Executive Director, Nebraska Right to Life. “Women who regret starting the chemical abortion regimen will receive information on how to reverse that process and save their unborn child.”
Schmit-Albin added, “Lives will be saved and mothers’ remorse will be changed into joy. We are thankful that the Nebraska Legislature has joined 8 other States in passing this common sense legislation.”
Of course pro-abortionists hate the bill, arguing that abortion pill reversal “lacked scientific validity,” in the words of Omaha Sen. Megan Hunt. Hunt was “concerned HHS would refer women to unethical organizations,” according to JoAnne Young of the Lincoln Journal Star.
But these are just talking points, which, no matter how many times they are repeated, are factually wrong.
As Katie Franklin of Pregnancy Help News explained , the Abortion Pill Reversal treatment was
Developed by physicians George Delgado and Matthew Harrison in 2007and works by giving women extra progesterone up to 72 hours after a woman takes the first chemical abortion pill.
Last year, Delgado released a study showing that 64-68 percent of women who used the protocol were able to give birth to a baby with no greater risk of birth defects than the general population.
The “unethical organizations,” state Sen. Hunt was alluding to are Pregnancy Help Centers, which pro-abortionists loathe with a passion.
“I’m just grateful my peers hung with me for 10½ hours, and for all of Nebraska’s support,” Sen. Joni Albrecht, the sponsor of the bill, said, according to Young. “It’s probably a bill that I’ve had more positive emails on than any other.”
Abortion pill reversal laws “are about a woman’s right to know, to be fully informed and has the potential to save so many unborn children,” said Ingrid Duran, director of State Legislation. “National Right to Life commends the Nebraska legislature and Nebraska Right to Life for their persistence and hard work in getting this law passed.”