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Idaho Senate overwhelmingly supports bill to inform women chemical abortions can be halted

by | Feb 21, 2018

By Dave Andrusko

Dr. Matthew Harrison

If the Idaho House concurs with the Idaho Senate, the Gem State will become the fifth state to be able to offer women reconsidering their chemical abortions information about how to halt them—“abortion reversal,” in common parlance.

On an overwhelming 29-6 vote, the Senate approved SB 1243 yesterday. The bill would “modify Idaho’s informed consent packets to include information about the reversal procedure and who to contact to get more information,” the Idaho County Free Press reported.

Such a requirement has already been enacted in Utah, Arkansas South Dakota, and Arizona.

Senate Democrats insisted the technique was unproven. But state Sen. Lori Den Hartog, the bill’s sponsor, said those women who suddenly regret their decision to abort should know their options if they suddenly regret their earlier decision to have an abortion.

“It simply enhances our informed consent language to allow pregnant mothers to be aware of and provided information about potential life saving opportunities for their unborn child if they have changed their mind after the initiation of a drug-induced abortion,” Den Hartog says.

Chemical abortions involve two drugs: Mifeprex, taken at the abortion clinic, and then 48-72 hours later, misoprostol, a prostaglandin. The abortion 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.

Dr. Matthew Harrison, medical director at Abortion Pill Reversal, a national medical organization, testified his group has an overall 55% success rate. “He said he has co-authored a study on the reversal procedure’s effectiveness that was approved for publication,” reported Kyle Pfannenstiel. “But, the results are not ready for the public as it has not undergone peer-review.”

In his prepared testimony, Dr. Harrison explained the science behind the abortion reversal technique and its safety. He concluded

In speaking with the hundreds of women that have taken the abortion pill and regretted it, we have heard countless stories of mothers returning to the abortion clinic for help, only to be mislead by incorrect information and scare tactics to complete their abortions. This is unethical, unscientific, and can be unsafe for a frustrated mother who may then abandon all medical advice and have a prolonged and unsupervised abortion at home. S1243 provides for mothers to have full informed consent regarding the possibility of reversal if they change their minds. Mothers who do not change their minds can simple ignore the information, but for those that have regrets, this information gives them hope, help, and the potential of life for their child.