“Pro-Choice” Groups Want Judge to Overturn Law Giving Women Choices Other Than Abortion

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 18, 2021   |   3:19PM   |   Indianapolis, Indiana

Groups that claim to be “pro-choice” filed a lawsuit Tuesday against an Indiana law that requires abortion facilities to fully inform women of their options, including the abortion pill reversal procedure.

The Indy Star reports the All Options Pregnancy Resource Center abortion facility and other pro-abortion groups want a judge to block the new law before it goes into effect July 1.

The law, sponsored by state Rep. Peggy Mayfield, R-Martinsville, requires abortion facilities to inform mothers about the abortion pill reversal procedure, which can reverse the effects of a drug-induced abortion and may save her unborn baby’s life. The procedure is credited with saving more than 2,000 babies’ lives so far.

The new law also requires Indiana abortion facilities to give women a photo of her unborn baby’s ultrasound image at least 18 hours before the abortion. It also bans telemedicine abortions.

The pro-life law passed the state legislature by a strong majority this spring, and Gov. Eric Holcomb signed it April 29.

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Pro-life advocates expected a lawsuit. During a committee meeting earlier this year, Mayfield urged lawmakers to vote to protect unborn babies’ lives anyway.

“I think the priority is on saving the babies and not whether or not someone wants to take us to court, because we win some, and we lose some,” she said, according to the Star.

But Ken Falk, who represents the pro-abortion groups with the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, argued that lawmakers “put politics ahead of women’s health” when they passed the law, WYFI reports.

In the lawsuit, pro-abortion groups claimed that the law will increase abortion stigma and force abortionists to share questionable information with patients, the AP reports. They also argued that the telemedicine ban will restrict access to abortion.

“Every day we help Hoosiers overcome barriers to find the abortion care they need,” Parker Dockray with the All-Options abortion facility said in a statement. “Indiana needs more access and compassion, not more restrictions. HB 1577 is a step in the wrong direction and we’re proud to be challenging it along with our partners.”

The Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, Planned Parenthood, Women’s Med Group Professional Corporation, the ACLU and others also are involved in the lawsuit, according to the local news.

Pro-abortion groups claim that the abortion pill reversal protocol is “junk science.” But research and medical experts indicate that it is safe and effective for the mother and baby. 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.

The abortion pill reversal protocol has saved more than 2,000 babies’ lives, according to Indiana Right to Life.

According to the AP, six states have similar informed consent laws that include information about the abortion pill reversal process, but three are blocked by court challenges.

The abortion pill reversal procedure works by counteracting the abortion drug mifepristone, one of two typically taken together to abort an unborn baby. Mifepristone makes the uterus inhospitable to new life by blocking the hormone progesterone. The reversal procedure involves giving the mother doses of progesterone to counteract the abortion drug. The abortion pill reversal procedure does not work after the mother takes the second drug, misoprostol, one or two days later.

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.