Women seeking abortions in Louisiana now are being told about a life-saving treatment that could reverse the effects of the abortion drug mifepristone and save their babies’ lives.
The AP reports the new state Abortion Pill Reversal Disclosure Act (House Bill 578) went into effect Sunday. It passed the state legislature earlier this summer, and Gov. John Bel Edwards signed it in July.
The law adds information about the abortion pill reversal protocol to the state informed consent law. It requires abortion facilities to give women a written statement explaining that the first abortion drug in medication abortions may be reversed and their unborn baby’s life may be saved.
“Research has indicated that the first pill provided, identified as mifepristone, is not always effective in ending a pregnancy. If after taking the first pill you regret your decision, please consult a physician or health care provider immediately to determine if there are options available to assist you in continuing your pregnancy,” the statement reads.
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The abortion pill reversal treatment has been credited with saving more than 2,000 babies’ lives, and research indicates that it is safe and effective. Indiana passed a similar law in April.
The treatment works by counteracting the abortion drug mifepristone, one of two drugs 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.
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 treatment is very similar to one used for decades to help prevent miscarriages.
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.
In addition to the abortion pill reversal information, the new Louisiana law also requires abortionists to report detailed information about abortion complications to the state. It also mandates that the health department share reports about abortions on girls under age 13 with state social services and the attorney general to help them identify and investigate cases of sexual abuse.