Kansas House Overrides Democrat Governor’s Veto of Bill to Save Babies From Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 27, 2023   |   3:09PM   |   Topeka, Kansas

The Kansas state House has voted to override a veto from pro-abortion Governor Laura Kelly of a bill to save babies from abortions.

Kelly vetoed a new informed consent bill that just passed the Kansas legislature and would require abortion facilities to inform women about the abortion pill reversal procedure, which has saved thousands of babies’ lives.

Under the pro-life legislation, abortion facilities and medical providers would be required to inform women taking the abortion pill of a treatment that can reverse the effects of the drug and potentially save their unborn baby’s life at least 24 hours prior to the abortion. Facilities that provide abortion drugs, including hospitals and pharmacies, also would be required to display a notice with information about the abortion pill reversal treatment and contact information for providers.

Kansas HB 2264 would require physicians to give patients information about how to reverse the abortion pill, and HB 2325 would ban abortion providers from buying liability insurance from a state fund.

Fortunately, the House overrode the vetoes on both bills.

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Regarding the bill requiring patients to get information about reversing the abortion pill, the legislation would mandate medical practitioners to provide that information before the abortion pill is prescribed. In addition, wherever the pill is prescribed or dispensed, a noticeable sign that says it may be possible to reverse the pill’s intended effects must be clearly visible.

According to Dr. William Lile, who is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has delivered more than 4,000 babies, stated he has successfully reversed the abortion pill using a natural hormone called progesterone that is “bio-identical” to what a pregnant woman produces.

“When a woman becomes pregnant, there is a hormone in her body that is called progesterone, which means pro-gestation,” said Dr. Lile. “This is the hormone…that tells the woman’s body, ‘Congratulations, you are pregnant,’ it is time to support this pregnancy and to protect this pregnancy.” Dr. Lile noted mifepristone, the abortion pill, blocks this progesterone very efficiently and convinces the woman’s body she is not pregnant.

“We reverse [mifepristone’s] effect by supplementing the woman’s body with progesterone,” Dr. Lile said. “The progesterone we give the mom is bio-identical to what is made naturally by the mom. The bio-identical progesterone hormone comes from yams and soybeans. It is as natural and as identical as it possibly can be. If we can intervene early enough, usually within the first 72 hours, we can actually save the life of that baby by supplementing with progesterone.” Dr. Lile stressed the protocol is most effective if started in the first 24 hours after the abortion pill is taken. More information about reversing the abortion pill can be viewed here.

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “We commend the Kansas state legislature for banning the horrific tragedy of infanticide, affirming that abortion medication is reversible, and holding abortion providers accountable. These legislative actions are about protecting the lives of precious babies who have a right to live. If these protections were not implemented, abortion providers can simply back away from the table and leave a baby to suffer and die. This is not a political issue. This is a life issue. This is common sense legislation which should be enacted all across the country to ensure that every child is protected.”

Kelly referred to the recent state referendum vote that was filled with millions in false television ads as the reason for her veto.

“In August, Kansans made clear that they believe personal healthcare decisions should be made between a woman and her doctor, not politicians in Topeka,” Kelly said in her veto message. “This bill would interfere with that relationship and, given the uncertain science behind it, could be harmful to Kansans’ health.”

Ironically, the bill would enhance health care but giving women additional medical options. Her veto would have the effect of denying women the ability to make personal healthcare decisions.

Testifying in favor of the bill, Dr. Jonathan Scrafford, an OB-GYN in Wichita, said he has delivered babies whose lives were saved because of the treatment.

“Not only would a bill ensuring provision of information regarding abortion pill reversal help women in our communities to remain informed of their options, but it remains supported by the largest clinical trial performed to date …” Scrafford told the House Health and Human Services Committee earlier this spring.

He cited a recent study of more than 750 women that showed the progesterone-based treatment, a natural pregnancy hormone that the abortion pill blocks, saves babies’ lives and is safe for their mothers.

Several other doctors also submitted written testimonies to lawmakers emphasizing that women should be informed of the choice.

Jeanne Gawdun, the director of government relations with Kansans for Life, said nearly 68 percent of abortions in Kansas are done with the abortion pill, or “medication” abortions.

“There is no acceptable reason that women who begin an abortion pill regimen and change their minds should be denied information about current protocols for abortion pill reversal,” she told lawmakers earlier this month. “HB 2439 was drafted to empower pregnant women with the knowledge of their true options concerning medication abortions.”

Across the world, the abortion pill reversal treatment has saved more than 4,000 babies’ lives so far.

The treatment works by counteracting the abortion drug mifepristone, the first of two drugs typically taken to abort and then expel the 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.

According to the American Association of Pro-Life OB-GYNs, it works very similarly to a hormonal treatment that has been used for years to help prevent miscarriages.

Research indicates the treatment is safe and effective. One study found that nearly 70 percent of women who underwent the treatment were able to reverse the effects of the abortion drug and save their babies’ lives. The study did not find any increased risks of complications or birth defects.

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.