Reversing The Abortion Process Is Possible, And One State Could Make It Easier To Do

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Grace Carr Reporter
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Idaho introduced a bill Monday requiring the state to provide women seeking medicinal abortions with information telling them that their abortion can be reversed if they decide to change their minds partway through the abortive process.

Idaho’s Senate State Affairs introduced the measure, which would require that doctors inform women that they can indeed reverse their abortion if they do not take all of their prescribed abortion inducing drugs and flood their bodies with progesterone before taking the last abortion pill in their set of three.

The bill would require that list of providers who can offer consultations about medical abortion interventions or reversals. The abortion reversal pill’s website says its goal is to reverse the effects of a chemically induced abortion within the first 24 hours of taking mifepristone or RU-486. The reversal pill floods the woman’s body with progesterone to counteract the abortion pill and reports a 55 percent success rate of saving pregnancies.

The California Board of Registered Nursing recently approved a class that will teach nurses how to reverse the effects of abortion pills for women who change their minds shortly after taking them. “This is a science-based approach to medicine, that there’s just no good grounds to stop nurses from learning about that,” said Heartbeat spokesman Jay Hobbs, according to BPNews. (RELATED: California Offers Class To Teach Nurses How To Reverse Medication Abortions).

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists maintains, however, that there is no medically accepted evidence that “abortion reversal” is legitimate.

Arizona passed a law in 2015 similar to the bill Idaho has introduced, but the law was repealed after Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit.

Idaho’s newly introduced bill will head to a full hearing.

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