“Arizona will become the first state in the nation to require doctors to tell patients that abortions may be reversible, under a controversial bill that deals with an equally controversial method. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed the bill earlier this week.
The highly debated abortion-reversal is done to try and reverse the effects of the so-called abortion pill. It involves a woman being injected with progesterone to counteract the effects of mifepristone – a.k.a., the abortion pill.
“Doctors say a patient must undergo the hormone treatment within 72 hours of taking the pill if she decides to keep her baby. “Women who have initiated a medical abortion process and who change their minds for whatever reason should not have their babies stolen from them because Planned Parenthood or any abortionist withheld life-saving facts or withheld information,” anti-abortion advocate Dr. Allan Sawyer said in testimony before the legislature.
“The relatively new procedure was pioneered by Dr. George Delgado, the medical director of California-based non-profit Culture of Life Family Services. He co-authored the first-ever medical literature detailing how progesterone could reverse an abortion in 2007. That same year, his organization completed its first successful reversal.
““I received a call about a woman who had taken mifepristone, RUU 486, and changed her mind. She wanted help and I offered it,” he told Fox News. “Then I received calls from across the country of doctors and others seeking advice. In 2012, we established Abortion Pill Reversal and its attendant website and hotline.”
“News eventually spread to Arizona Republican state Sen. Nancy Barto, who included the provision about disclosing information on abortion reversals as part of broader insurance legislation to prevent women who receive federal subsidies under Affordable Care Act exchanges from being able to buy optional abortion coverage with their plans. Ducey signed the legislation Monday evening, but stayed mum on the abortion reversal provision, which would require doctors to inform patients about the option when they seek access to the abortion pill.
Gov. Ducey spoke to Newslo exclusively and said that “before this life-saving solution, future leaders, scientists and statesmen were being killed by the millions.”
“I really feel this legislation will make a difference,” Ducey said. “I mean, we’ve never had this sort of thing in the past. And especially now, when abortion rates are so high, we’re killing babies who might grow up to cure diseases, stop wars, change the world.”
He added: “On the other hand, I personally know a couple of ladies men who could use this sort of thing, if you know what I mean. This changes the game completely. It’s like having an anti-pregnancy pill for your mistress, should you ever need one.”