Abortion Pill Reversal informed consent measure passes Senate committee after passage in Indiana House

By Dave Andrusko

Another  red letter day for champions of unborn babies in Indiana. Following up on last month’s House’s 67-27 vote in favor of House Bill 1577, the Senate Health Committee voted 7-4 Wednesday to advance a bill that would require abortionists to inform women undergoing chemical abortions that it may be possible to reverse the abortion using a technique known as Abortion Pill Reversal. 

APR requires that the woman not take the second drug (misoprostol) of the two-drug chemical abortion procedure and instead take progesterone in an attempt to neutralize the impact of the first drug (mifepristone). Over 2,000 babies have been saved to date, according to Heartbeat International. 

In 2019, of the approximately 7,600 abortions performed in Indiana, chemical abortions (or “medication abortions,” as pro-abortionists describe them) accounted for 44%.

HB1577 also “requires that a woman seeking an abortion is provided with a printed ultrasound image of her preborn child even if she does not view the monitor during the ultrasound itself,” Nancy Flanders writes.

Dr. Christina Francis told the committee, “If we truly care about women being able to make informed choices, this should include knowing there’s an option if they change their mind.” Dr. Francis, Chairman of the Board of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), added, “Why would we want women to live with the regret of an abortion if they don’t have to?”

As they always do, opponents, of course, insisted APR is “not backed up by science.”

Earlier this month, Dr. Francis wrote an op-ed in response to “censorship of pro-life pro-science.”

Among the many important points she made, Dr. Francis highlighted

#1. “Far from being experimental, the medication used to counteract the effects of mifepristone (the drug used to cause an abortion up to 10 weeks) is one that has been safely used during pregnancy for decades by both general OB/GYNs and infertility specialists. The largest case series to date of this treatment, which included more than 700 women, shows that it works.”

#2. “Using the abortion pill reversal protocol, 68% of women will be able to have successful ongoing pregnancies (compared to 23% if they do nothing). This translates to a significant number of children saved. In fact, there are more than 2,000 children alive, including my patient’s son, because of this treatment.” And 

#3. “Abortion pill reversal therapy is, in fact, safe. Out of the women who have been treated using the official protocol, there is no increased risk of side effects or birth defects.”

House Bill 1577 now advances to the full Senate for consideration.

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