Utah Bill Would Make It the 3rd State to Tell Women the Abortion Pill Can be Reversed

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 30, 2016   |   4:32PM   |   Salt Lake City, UT

A new Utah bill is in the works that would require women to be informed about an abortion pill reversal procedure that possibly could save their baby’s life.

Deseret News reports pro-life state Rep. Keven Stratton, R-Orem, and pro-life state Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, are drafting the bill.

“If you’re pro-choice, I would say that it helps you be educated in making the choice,” Stratton said. “If you’re pro-life, it gives an opportunity to look at the options if a decision is made to reverse course.”

If passed, Utah would become the third state to require that women be informed of the new medical procedure, which has saved more than 200 babies’ lives after their mothers took the first of two abortion drugs.

When a pregnant woman takes the dangerous RU-486 abortion pill, there is a chance that the abortion drug can be reversed and her baby’s life saved. The legislation likely would require abortion facilities to inform women that if they take the first drug in the two-step chemical abortion process, they may be able to stop the abortion and deliver a healthy baby.

But abortion activists do not want women to be informed of this new option, and they already are criticizing the Utah legislation.

Planned Parenthood of Utah CEO Karrie Galloway said they oppose the measure. Galloway accused legislators of trying coming between the doctor-patient relationship.

Leah Torres, a Utah abortionist, also bashed the new proposal in an interview with Deseret News, saying that not enough research has been done.

“They need to be able to answer the questions of: ‘What are the risks of stopping a medical abortion? What are the risks to the baby? What are the risks to the mom?” Torres said.

Though the medical procedure 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 reported in a practice bulletin that the abortion pill reversal procedure has not led to birth defects.

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Here’s more from the report:

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists does not support medical abortion reversal. During discussion about the Arizona law, the organization noted that [abortion pill reversal researcher and advocate Dr. George] Delgado’s study failed to prove that progesterone works any better than simply not taking the second pill.

Delgado disputes the organization’s data. He said he has since documented the births of 220 babies after treating women with progesterone and another 100 women who are currently pregnant.

He said he is in the midst of analyzing the data and submitting it for review.

“I do believe it’s viable because we’ve had over 300 successes,” Delgado said. “They are fully confident that it works and it’s safe. So I do feel that (women) have the right to know.”

Stratton agrees. He told KUER Radio, “Good policy would say, let’s make all the information available that’s there.”

Dr. Matthew Harrison performed the first-ever abortion pill reversal in 2007. At a press conference in 2015 sponsored by Priests for Life and AAPLOG, Harrison said the baby who was saved is now a healthy and happy 8-year-old girl.

In 2015, Harrison reported more than 213 babies have been saved through the pioneer technology. He said the sooner a woman begins the reversal process after taking the abortion pill, the more likely it is that her child’s life will be saved.

The abortion pill reversal program has a network of almost 300 doctors world-wide to help women who call their 24/7 hotline. More information is available at AbortionPillReversal.com.