On Thursday, April 1, the West Virginia Senate Health Committee amended a bill currently under consideration by that state’s legislature. House Bill 2982, also known as the “Second Chances at Life Act,” would require doctors to inform women about the possibility of abortion pill reversal prior to providing a prescription for the drugs which induce one. The amendment added protects doctors who provide abortion pill reversal services from liability.
Chemical, or so-called “medical” or “medication” abortions involve a two-step process. First, mifepristone is taken — this is a progesterone antagonist that blocks the natural action of that hormone, causing the lining of the uterus to break down and essentially starving the preborn child to death. Next, misoprostol is taken, which causes severe cramping and contractions that expel the dead child from the uterus. Abortion pill reversal works by adding progesterone to the mother’s body, potentially overriding the effects of mifepristone.
Critics of abortion pill reversal — generally abortion providers and supporters — claim it is an “unproven” or “theoretical” approach, yet progesterone has been used to help prevent threatened miscarriages for some time with proven effectiveness.
Many in this same camp frequently liken chemical abortions to miscarriages — when it suits them. In fact, the Feminist Women’s Health Center abortion facility goes so far as to equate miscarriage and the abortion pill process on its website, claiming that taking the abortion pill “result[s] in a miscarriage.” When it’s convenient for abortionists and their cheerleaders, an abortion is analogous to a miscarriage — but if it means undoing their handiwork, they suddenly change their tune, decrying the application of a common, efficacious, and safe miscarriage therapy to an abortion context.
In reality, stories of successful abortion pill reversal abound; it is estimated that over 2,000 lives have been saved as a result of this therapy. And this efficacy is being recognized, in spite of the pro-abortion campaign against abortion pill reversal. If the “Second Chances at Life Act” is passed, West Virginia will join 10 other states that have enacted similar legislation.
The bill has now passed the Senate Judiciary and can be considered by the full Senate.
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