South Dakota Becomes Third State to Tell Women Abortion Pill Can be Reversed

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Apr 26, 2016   |   2:01PM   |   Pierre, SD

South Dakota recently became the third state to ensure that women are fully informed about chemical abortions, including the possibility that they can be reversed.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the new law on March 29, according to Rewire. The measure requires abortion facilities to tell women that chemical abortions possibly can be reversed to save their unborn baby’s life. It also requires the state Department of Health website to include information about the abortion pill reversal technology, the report states.

State Rep. Leslie Heinemann, who sponsored the bill, said it is important for women to have access to the abortion pill reversal information, according to the Associated Press.

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 a 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.

Arkansas soon became the second to pass a similar law. The South Dakota law is scheduled to go into effect on July 1, according to the New York Magazine.

However, abortion groups have been attacking the laws and calling the pioneer abortion reversal method “junk science.” Arizona lawmakers recently took steps to revise its law after Planned Parenthood challenged the measure and got a court to block it before it took effect.

Though the technology is new, early results show it appears to be safe and effective for mother and child. The American Association of Pro-Life 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.

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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.

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