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Indiana House committee approves informed consent measure to tell women chemical abortions may be reversed

by | Feb 16, 2021

By Dave Andrusko

More progress was made Monday in providing women undergoing chemical abortions with information that they may be able to save their babies if they do not take the second of the two drugs that make up the abortion technique.

House Bill 1577, sponsored by Indiana state Rep. Peggy Mayfield, passed the  Public Health Committee 9-3 and will now be debated on the House floor. Popular press accounts, in their rush to insist that chemical abortions cannot be reversed (tell that to the more than 2,000 women who changed their minds and saved their babies), missed the substances of the legislation. According to Indiana Right to Life

House Bill 1577 will require that abortion businesses inform women about the abortion pill reversal process.  This process is used when women take the first pill in a two pill chemical abortion, and then regret their decisions.  Over 2,000 babies have been saved using abortion pill reversal nationwide, but Indiana abortion businesses aren’t telling women about it. 

House Bill 1577 also requires that women must be given a photo of their baby’s ultrasound at the time they receive informed consent information at least 18 hours before an abortion. These photos will help save lives.

In addition, HB 1577

also requires that any parental signatures in a minor’s abortion must be notarized to help prevent non-parents from falsely representing themselves as parents to help a minor get an abortion.  

Dr. Christina Francis, a Fort Wayne OB/GYN, testified in support of the proposal, according to reporter Dan Carden’s hostile account.

 “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,” Francis said. “Why would we want women to live with regret if they don’t have to?”

The full House may address the bill this week, the Associated Press reported.

How chemical (“medication”) abortion work

Lisa Bourne explained that chemical abortion is a two-pill process and that “If a pregnant mom acts quickly after taking the first abortion pill and begins the APR protocol, it may be possible to save her unborn child.” 

The first drug, mifepristone (Mifeprex/RU-486), blocks progesterone receptors and reduces progesterone levels in the mom’s blood, destabilizing her pregnancy. 

The second drug, misoprostol, is taken a day or so after the first drug to complete the abortion by inducing labor. 

The abortion pill reversal protocol is a new application of an FDA-approved progesterone treatment used for decades to stop miscarriages. It involves prescribing progesterone, the natural hormone in a mom’s body necessary to sustain pregnancy, to counteract the first abortion drug. 

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