Lawmakers in Tennessee are one step closer to passing a bill that would require abortion providers to inform women of the chance to reverse a chemical abortion should the woman change her mind mid-way through the two-step process. If the bill passes, abortion pill providers found in violation of the law could face felony charges.
The measure passed in the state House on Monday with a vote of 71-22. It requires abortionists to inform women either in person or over the phone that the abortion process may be reversed if the woman has second thoughts after taking the first of the two pills that make up a chemical abortion. This information must be shared at least 48 hours prior to the initiation of the chemical abortion. The bill also requires that signs containing abortion reversal information be posted in the waiting rooms of facilities that commit more than 50 abortions per year. Abortionists who fail to disclose this information could face a $10,000 civil penalty and a felony charge.
A chemical abortion is a multi-step process that involves taking two pills over the course of several days. The first pill, mifepristone, blocks the hormone progesterone and causes the lining of the uterus to thin. It is followed several days later by a dose of misoprostol, which softens the cervix and causes contractions to expel the baby, as is explained by former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino in the video below:
If appropriate medical care is sought before taking misoprostol, there is a chance that the harmful effects of mifepristone can be reversed. This requires supplemental progesterone to counteract the effects of the first pill. According to the Abortion Pill Rescue, the reversal process has a 64 to 68 percent success rate. To date, more than 1,000 babies have been saved through this process. Unfortunately, many women who have a change of heart after taking the first pill are unaware that they can still save their child. This Tennesee bill will ensure that every mother in the state has the resources available to start the abortion reversal process should she change her mind.
The Tennessee measure next heads to the Senate for debate.
Editor’s Note: If you have taken the first dose of the abortion pill and have changed your mind, contact Abortion Pill Rescue at (877) 558-0333 or through the chat option on the website.
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