A judge in Oklahoma has put a temporary stop to a new statewide law that would inform women taking the abortion pill that the procedure may be able to be reversed. Oklahoma County District Judge Don Andrews issued the temporary injunction after the law was challenged by the Center for Reproductive Rights. It had been slated to take effect on November 1.
The new legislation was signed into effect by Governor Kevin Stitt earlier this year. It requires physicians issuing the pills for a medical or chemical abortion to inform women that the procedure can be reversed. In addition, the law requires signs with abortion pill reversal information to be posted at all facilities. Abortionists who failed to comply with the law will be subject to a felony.
Medical abortion (the abortion pill) is a multi-step process that involves taking two pills over the course of several days. If after taking the first pill (mifepristone), a woman has a change of heart, she may be able to undergo a reversal process before completing the process with the second pill (misoprostol). The reversal involves taking high doses of progesterone that have the chance of countering the effects of the first abortion pill. The Abortion Pill Rescue Network (APR Network), which spearheads abortion pill reversal efforts, recently announced that abortion pill reversal has saved more than 900 babies to date. That number will continue to rise if more women are informed that pill reversal is an option.
In a previous Live Action article, Dr. Bill Lile, an OB/GYN, explains why the reversal process is so effective. Despite the science and the hundreds of women who have successfully undergone the abortion reversal procedure, abortion advocates refuse to acknowledge that it is possible. “There is no evidence-based studies and no current medical evidence that’s reliable that suggests that the first pill in the two-pill regimen can be reversed,” Gail Deady, staff attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, told Oklahoma KFOR news. Unfortunately, this is just one of the many lies perpetuated by the abortion industry. The truth is that this same hormone, progesterone, is administered to women whose pregnancies are at risk for miscarriage. Since the abortion pill’s mechanism blocks progesterone, abortion pill reversal consists of higher doses of progesterone in an attempt to override the abortion pill’s effects on the growing preborn child.
Lawmakers in Oklahoma expressed disappointment in the judge’s ruling. “The judge didn’t rule on the merits of the case and only decided to retain the status quo moving forward, pending more evidence,” Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said in a statement. “The state remains committed to defending this law that requires doctors to inform women they can opt to reverse the process.”
Oklahoma is one of five states this year to pass abortion pill reversal notification laws. Following North Dakota last month, it is the second to have the law delayed by legal challenges.
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