A federal judge blocked an Indiana law Wednesday that requires abortion facilities to inform women of the life-saving abortion pill reversal procedure.
The AP reports U.S. District Judge James Patrick Hanlon issued a temporary injunction against the pro-life law less than 24 hours before it was scheduled to go into effect.
Signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb in April, the law requires abortion facilities to inform mothers about the abortion pill reversal procedure, which can counteract the effects of the abortion drug mifepristone and may save her unborn baby’s life.
The procedure is credited with saving more than 2,000 babies from abortion so far.
After the law passed, Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and other Indiana abortion facilities quickly sued to block it, arguing that the requirements will increase abortion stigma and force abortionists to share questionable information with patients, according to the AP.
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“No other healthcare providers are required to inform their patients about experimental medical interventions, the safety and efficacy of which are wholly unsupported by reliable scientific evidence, and no other patients are required to receive such information as a condition of treatment,” their lawsuit argues.
In response to Judge James Patrick Hanlon’s ruling, Indiana Right to Life’s (IRTL) President Mike Fichter said: “We’re disappointed that Judge Hanlon would rule in favor of abortion-rights extremists and block this common sense abortion pill reversal law from going into effect. This law provides women with potentially lifesaving information about abortion pill reversal.”
Despite pro-abortion groups’ claims, research and medical experts indicate that the abortion pill reversal procedure 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.
Testifying before the judge earlier this summer, Dr. George Delgado, a California physician who helped develop the life-saving procedure, said the treatment is safe and effective, according to the report. He said he has personally helped more than 50 women successfully reverse their abortions and save their babies’ lives.
“Patients have the right to choose not to take the second pill and pursue alternative options to save their pregnancies,” the Indiana Attorney General’s Office said in defense of the law. “Denying patients information regarding alternatives should they wish to continue their pregnancies harms women by depriving them of that choice.”
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, or Mifeprex, 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.
National Review recently reported more about the safety of the procedure:
As [Dr. Christina Francis, chair of the board of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists] puts it, there’s no medical reason this regimen shouldn’t work, as its mechanism is “consistent with basic chemistry.” In fact, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has affirmed that progesterone is proven safe in pregnancy, and even the development trials for Mifeprex suggest that progesterone would work in this way …
In the largest case series [from 2018] studying the effects of APR, women who received treatment and successfully reversed an attempted abortion had no increased risk of complications or birth defects. Close to 70 percent of the 754 women studied were able to undo the effects of Mifeprex and carry healthy babies to term.
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.