Arizona lawmakers took steps to repeal two life-saving laws in the state this week.
On Wednesday, legislators on a joint House and Senate committee voted to water down a requirement that women who have chemical abortions are informed of the possibility that the abortion can be reversed, according to the Arizona Daily Sun.
They also voted to repeal a new law making it illegal to use the dangerous abortion drug RU 486 after the seventh week of pregnancy, the report states. The reason for the repeal is due, in part, to new FDA guidelines regarding the drug.
In 2015, Arizona became the first state to require that women seeking abortions be told of the possibility that abortion drugs can be reversed, LifeNews reported. When a pregnant woman takes the dangerous RU 486 abortion pill, there is a chance that the abortion drug can be reversed if she changes her mind in time. Knowing that, legislators in Arizona put information in the bill that called for women to be informed that if they take the first drug of a two-step chemical abortion process, they may be able to stop the abortion process and deliver a healthy baby.
However, Planned Parenthood challenged the measure, calling it “junk science,” and got a court to block it before it went into effect.
The newly changed measure greatly weakens the purpose of the original law. Now, it simply requires a doctor to tell a woman who has taken the first of two abortion pills “that the single pill does not necessarily result in an abortion. And that, in turn, could encourage women who might have second thoughts to seek out” doctors who are trained to perform the abortion reversal procedure, according to the report.
On Wednesday, the president of Planned Parenthood Arizona applauded the legislators’ move, claiming it is a “victory for women’s health.” Ever since doctors pioneered a method to reverse chemical abortion drugs, abortion activists have been making every effort to deny that the technology works.
Though the technology is new, early results show it appears to be safe and effective for both mother and child. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which supports the new procedure, reported in a practice bulletin that the abortion pill reversal treatment has not led to birth defects.
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.
Dr. Matthew Harrison performed the first-ever reversal in 2007. At a press conference in 2015 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.
In 2015, Harrison and the team of OB-GYNs who are pioneering the technology reported more than 213 babies have been saved so far.
One of them is Gipsy Salcedo’s son Nicholas. The New York mother said her doctors told her that she was infertile, but one day when she found out she was pregnant, her doctors assumed she wanted to have an abortion. Not realizing, Salcedo took the first of two abortion pills handed to her at the doctor’s office, LifeNews reported.
She said: “The nurse came in and said it was taken care of. I said well what do you mean? And she’s like well it’s gonna terminate your pregnancy, you’re gonna have to make Motrin, it’s gonna relieve the pain, I was like what do you mean the pain? I’m pro life! You told me I couldn’t even have kids why would you think I wouldn’t want my child?”
After taking the deadly pill, Salcedo and her boyfriend went home crying and began looking for ways to reverse the effects of the abortion pill. They found one in New York City.
Months later, she gave birth to a healthy baby son. She said, “I know some people would be a little scared of what may happen because those are hormones going into your body, and the doctor told me this isn’t 100 percent, that this is more experimental than anything else, and I’m glad that I took it, cause I wouldn’t have [Nicholas] now.”
The abortion pill reversal program has a network of almost 300 doctors world-wide to help women that call their 24/7 hotline, according to AbortionPillReversal.com.