Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed a bill into law that will save babies from abortion by requiring abortion centers selling the dangerous abortion pill to inform women that there is a process to reverse the pill and save their baby should they change their mind during the abortion process.
Stitt signed SB 614 and the new pro-life law will take effect November 1. The Oklahoma state House passed the bill 74-24. The approval came six weeks after the Senate approved SB 614 by a lopsided margin of 39-8.
Under the law abortionists would be required to tell an abortion-minded woman at least 72 hours before her scheduled abortion that she might be able to reverse a “medication” abortion.
Over 500 babies have been saved, thanks to what is called the Abortion Pill Reversal. Medication/chemical abortions are a two-stage, two drug procedure. Should a woman change her mind after taking the first drug (mifepristone) but not the second drug (misoprostol), the APR protocol calls for flooding her system with progesterone to neutralize the impact of the first abortifacient drug.
Under the legislation, abortion centers selling the abortion drug must post signs and the signs must include language saying a medically induced abortion may be reversed, include the phone number for a 24-hour Abortion Pill Reversal hotline and multiple websites that contain information about the development of an unborn child.
Pioneered by doctors George Delgado and Matt Harrison in 2007, the Abortion Pill Reversal treatment works by giving women extra progesterone up to 72 hours after a woman takes the first pill, mifepristone. Over 500 babies have been saved from abortion this way.
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“If you continue to perform the abortion without the signage posted, without the notice, then there are penalties and fines associated,” said House bill author Rep. Mark Lepak, R-Claremore. “If it’s a doctor, you could be charged with a felony. If it’s a facility, then you could be charged $10,000 a day.”
Lepak said the purpose of the bill is to give women a second chance to reconsider.
“A number of women have regret after the abortion. They may have a regret during the process but, if they don’t know there may be a way to reverse the process, then they just don’t know,” Lepak told News 4. “There are a lot of things in this world that, once you make a decision, you can’t undo. This is perhaps one that you can change your mind and you still have some hope that you could deliver a happy, healthy baby.”
Jill Webb, legal director of the ACLU of Oklahoma, said a lawsuit was not out of the question if Senate Bill 614 was signed into law.
“Arizona, for instance, immediately had it challenged, and what they did was reverse the policy even before it got to court for determination,” Webb said. “Not only do you have freedom of speech to say what you want, you also can’t be compelled to say something you don’t believe, and that’s what the problem is.”
Currently seven states have enacted pro-life laws requiring this information to be provided to women considering abortion, they include Arizona; Arkansas; South Dakota; Utah; Idaho; North Dakota; and Kentucky.
Abortion Pill Rescue—the network of more than 400 medical practitioners who administer the protocol—answers well over 100 calls per month from its 24-7 helpline (1-877-558-0333) run by Heartbeat International’s Option Line.