The district attorney of Nashville, Tennessee refused to enforce a new state law this week that informs women that a drug-induced abortion may be reversed to save their baby’s life.
WLTV News 8 reports Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk said the law is unconstitutional, and he will not enforce it.
“As long as I am the elected District Attorney for the 20th Judicial District, I will not prosecute any woman who chooses to have a medical procedure to terminate a pregnancy or any medical doctor who performs this procedure at the request of their patient,” Funk said. “Further, I will not prosecute or sanction an abortion provider who states, verbally and/or in writing disagreement with the disclosures required by the Legislature which are subject to this lawsuit.”
He made the statement in a court filing addressing a lawsuit that Planned Parenthood filed against the law. Funk is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, but he disagrees with the state officials who are fighting to uphold the law.
Scheduled to go into effect Oct. 1, the pro-life legislation requires abortion facilities to display signs informing women that a chemical abortion may be reversed after the first dose of the two-drug abortion procedure. It also requires the abortionist to provide the same information during counseling 48 hours prior to the abortion.
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Since it was developed, the abortion pill reversal procedure has saved hundreds of babies’ lives.
Gov. Bill Lee, a pro-life Republican who advocated for the law, criticized Funk for refusing to do the job he swore to do, WMOT Roots Radio reports.
“A district attorney purposefully disregarding current, duly enacted laws by the legislature is a grave matter that threatens our justice system and has serious consequences,” Lee wrote on Twitter. “The rule of law is the cornerstone of our legal system, and we all take an oath to uphold the law, not to pick and choose what laws to follow based on politics or personal feelings.”
As currently administered, a chemical abortion involves taking the drug mifepristone, which makes the uterus inhospitable to new life by blocking the hormone progesterone. One or two days later, a second drug, misoprostol, is taken to induce contractions and expel the unborn child. The reversal process, which is gaining in usage as it becomes more widely known, can reverse the impact of the first drug by giving women high doses of progesterone.
Doctors who developed the procedure say hundreds of unborn babies have been saved from abortions as a result of the treatment. And even a prestigious Yale School of Medicine doctor told the New York Times that the treatment “makes biological sense,” and he would recommend it to his own daughter. The American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists also supports the procedure.
The legislation is particularly important now as abortion activists push to expand abortion drugs even further. They have been pressuring the FDA to end safety regulations and allow the drugs to be mail-ordered.
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.