Planned Parenthood Sues to Stop Arizona Law Telling Women the Abortion Pill Can be Reversed

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 4, 2015   |   5:27PM   |   Washington, DC

The Planned Parenthood abortion business may talk a good game about being choice but another move by the abortion company makes it clear the only choice Planned Parenthood favors is abortion.

The abortion corporation has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a new Arizona law allowing women to know that they can change their minds about an abortion with the dangerous RU 486 abortion pill even after the abortion has started. New Arizona law SB 1318 requires that abortionists tell their patients that they could reverse the effects of the RU-486 abortion regimen if they change their mind during the process.

When a pregnant woman takes the dangerous abortion RU 486 abortion pill, there is a chance that the abortion drug can be reversed if she changes her mind in time about aborting her baby. Knowing that, legislators in Arizona put information in the bill hat would call for women to be informed that if they take the first drug of a two-step chemical abortion process, but not the second, they may be able to stop the abortion process and deliver a healthy baby.

Center for Arizona Policy General Counsel and vice president Josh Kredit responded to the new lawsuit in comments to LifeNews.

“No matter where you stand on the issue of abortion, we should all agree that doctors should not be able to withhold vital information from women. Yet Planned Parenthood Arizona has decided to take the state to court to deny women crucial facts,” he said. “The more than 100 children alive today due to the Abortion Pill Reversal stand as a living testimony to the importance of SB 1318. Women who have begun a chemical abortion process and change their minds, for whatever reason, should not have their baby stolen from them because Planned Parenthood, or any abortionist, withheld potentially life-saving facts.”

Kredit continued:

As legislative testimony revealed, women in Arizona have already benefited from Abortion Pill Reversal. Dr. Allan Sawyer, a Board Certified OB/GYN, recounted to a House Legislative Committee how the Glendale Planned Parenthood misinformed a woman who had taken the first of two abortion pills that there was nothing she could do to save her pregnancy. Planned Parenthood even went so far as to claim to the woman that if she didn’t take the second pill, she risked complications and even infection.

Thankfully, the woman discovered online that it may be possible to reverse the effects of a chemical abortion, but time is of the essence. She got in touch with Dr. Sawyer, and he immediately began the Abortion Pill Reversal Procedure.

Today, this woman has a healthy, ongoing pregnancy.

SB 1318 puts women first. If Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry truly care for the health and safety of the women walking into their clinics, they should immediately drop this baseless lawsuit.

It’s important to remember that this isn’t the first time the abortion industry in Arizona has challenged common sense informed consent provisions. Just like before, Center for Arizona Policy is confident the state will prevail.”

Dr. Harrison performed the first-ever reversal in 2007. At a press conference in January sponsored by Priests for Life and the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Dr. Harrison said the baby who was saved is now a healthy and happy 8-year-old girl.

As currently administered, a chemical abortion involves taking the drug mifepristone, which makes the uterus inhospitable to new life and starves the baby. One or two days later, the second drug is taken to induce contractions and expel her child. The reversal process, which is gaining in usage as it becomes more widely known, can reverse the impact of the first drug and allow the baby to continue normal development.  Time is of the essence, though, in starting the reversal process.



In a recent article on Arizona Central, doctors Allan Sawyer and Clint Leonard, responded to an op-ed by Planned Parenthood board member Dr. Eric Reuss about SB 1318.

They wrote, “In his Monday My Turn column, former Planned Parenthood board member Dr. Eric Reuss wrote, “The role of our state government cannot be to interfere in women’s access to health care.” We couldn’t agree more. The problem is that contrary to what Planned Parenthood may think and what would help their bottom line, abortion is not health care. Abortion harms women and ends the life of a preborn child.”

They added, “In regard to the informed consent provision in SB 1318, women deserve to be fully informed and know all the facts before choosing to have an abortion. Most would agree that a woman would want to know that if she changes her mind after taking the first pill of a medication abortion, she may be able to reverse its effects and save her child’s life. That’s all SB 1318 requires.”