Judge Blocks Pro-Life North Dakota Law Saving Babies From Abortion

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 10, 2019   |   7:32PM   |   Bismarck, North Dakota

A federal judge blocked a North Dakota law Tuesday that provides vital information to women before they have abortions.

The law, which passed earlier this year, provides information about the abortion pill reversal procedure to women seeking abortions. The procedure potentially could save her baby’s life after she takes the first of two abortion drugs.

On Tuesday, however, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland agreed to temporarily block the law at the request of the Red River Women’s Clinic, the American Medical Association and the Center for Reproductive Rights, Forum News Service reports.

The groups claim the law would force them to give patients “false medical information” and “violate” their “medical ethics” as they abort unborn babies. They also argued that the law violates doctors’ free speech rights.

The two groups also challenged an older part of the informed consent law that requires abortionists to tell patients that an abortion ends the life of a “whole, separate, unique, living human being,” according to the report. However, Hovland did not address that part of the law in his ruling.

The AP reports Hovland said his problem with the law is that the abortion pill reversal procedure is not a proven medical treatment.

“State legislatures should not be mandating unproven medical treatments, or requiring physicians to provide patients with misleading and inaccurate information,” he wrote. “The provisions of [this law] violate a physician’s right not to speak and go far beyond any informed consent laws addressed by the United States Supreme Court, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, or other courts to date.”

Though the life-saving procedure is relatively new, research indicates it has been effective in saving babies’ lives. Dr. Matthew Harrison performed the first-ever abortion pill reversal in 2007. Since then, an estimated 500 unborn babies have been saved.

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Drug-induced abortions involve two different drugs. The first, mifepristone, is given at the abortion clinic. The drug makes the uterus inhospitable to new life by blocking the hormone progesterone. The second drug, misoprostol, is taken 24-48 hours later, usually at home, to induce labor and expel the baby.

Research indicates that the first drug, mifepristone, alone is not always effective in ending a baby’s life. A woman may still have a viable pregnancy after taking the first drug.

The abortion pill reversal works by giving the woman high doses of progesterone to counteract the abortion drug and potentially save her baby’s life.

In 2018, researchers published a study demonstrating the effectiveness of the procedure in saving babies’ lives. And even a prestigious Yale School of Medicine doctor told the New York Times that the treatmentmakes biological sense,” and he would recommend it to his own daughter. More research is on-going.

Despite strong evidence in support of the procedure, abortion activists have attacked it as “junk science,” and Planned Parenthood has lobbied against including it as informed consent information.

Eight states have passed laws to include the abortion pill reversal procedure in their informed consent requirements: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Utah, as well as North Dakota.

Anyone who has taken the first abortion pill and wishes to stop the abortion is urged to immediately visit www.abortionpillreversal.com or call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline at 877-558-0333.