Arkansas House Passes Pro-Life Bill Saving Babies From Abortion

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 19, 2021   |   7:17AM   |   Little Rock, Arkansas

The Arkansas House passed pro-life legislation by a strong majority Wednesday to protect unborn babies and inform mothers about dangerous abortion drugs.

Lawmakers voted 76-15 to pass state House Bill 1572, by Rep. Robin Lundstrum, R-Elm Springs, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. It now heads to the state Senate for consideration.

The pro-life bill would require abortion facilities to provide informed consent information to women about the abortion drugs and the abortion pill reversal procedure, which has saved hundreds of babies’ lives. Abortion facilities also would be required to tell women the estimated gestational age of her unborn baby, a description of how abortion drugs work, their risks and resources for victims of human trafficking.

According to the bill, the information must be provided to women at least 72 hours before the abortion unless there is a medical emergency.

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According to the Department of Health, medication abortions made up 41% of the abortions in the state in 2019. That percentage has risen sharply as lawmakers have passed restrictions on other types of abortions. …

No one spoke against HB1572, which now heads to the Senate.

As currently administered, a drug-induced, or chemical, abortion involves two drugs. The first, mifepristone, makes the uterus inhospitable to new life by blocking the hormone progesterone. One or two days later, the second drug, misoprostol, is taken to induce contractions and expel the unborn child. The reversal process can reverse the impact of the first drug by giving women high doses of progesterone. The procedure does not work after a woman takes the second drug.

Though abortion activists try to discredit the abortion pill reversal procedure, research and medical experts indicate that it is safe and effective. Hundreds of unborn babies have been saved from abortions as a result of the procedure. The American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports it, 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.

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

Arkansas lawmakers are taking other actions to protect unborn babies and mothers as well.

Earlier this month, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed Arkansas Unborn Child Protection Act, a law to ban the killing of unborn babies in abortions throughout the state. However, the law almost certainly will be blocked in court.