Now is the time to act to protect life in North Dakota! The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings today, March 4, on one of the very important pro-life issues we’ve been fighting for. They must hear from you on this bill!
House Bill 1336 on Chemical Abortion Reversal Information has now crossed over to the Senate and their Judiciary Committee is listening to testimony and helping decide the fate of this bill before it goes to a floor vote. As a reminder, this bill would require that a woman considering a chemical abortion be given information about how she can save her baby’s life, if she changes her mind part-way into the process. But to reverse the process, she must get immediate medical attention. Therefore, it’s vital that a woman knows all of her options prior to having a chemical abortion.
The story of baby Gabriel, in the above video, shows the kind of pressure endured by many women in crisis pregnancies. Notice that when Gabriel’s teen mom told the abortionist that she did not want to take the RU486 abortion medications, he reminded her of the circumstances in which she found herself and coerced her to go through with the abortion.
Over one-third of early-stage abortions take place with two doses of chemical abortion pills over the course of two or three days. However, after the first dose, almost 70 percent of women who have changed their minds and sought immediate medical attention were able to successfully deliver a healthy baby! We believe all women considering chemical abortion as an option have the right to know that if they change their mind, they may have a chance to save their baby.
President and Executive Director
This has been the foundational question for our country for the year. Just Monday, even though both of Kansas’ U.S. Senators voted in favor of the Born Alive Protection Bill, the US Senate as a whole failed to pass the bill which, at its core, bans infanticide. Even as a growing number of American’s are recognizing just how radical the pro-abortion movement is, our federal legislature has not been able to do anything. However, in Kansas conservative legislators are making progress on passing legislation to protect life.
As we told you several weeks ago, the Kansas Senate was the first legislative body in the country to condemn New York’s abortion bill and bills like it. This bill will have a hearing in the House on March 7th. This was a huge victory for our state because it unequivocally declares that Kansans value life.
Another bill that we are working on with our allies at Kansans for Life is an Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent Bill. Last week we had a hearing in the House on this bill (HB 2274). It simply requires a woman to be told that it may be possible to reverse her chemical abortion. More than half of abortions performed in Kansas are done via the abortion pill.
The abortion pill is a two-step process. The first pill blocks the baby from receiving nutrients – which slowly starves the baby, then 24-48 hours later a second pill is taken that expels the dead baby from the woman’s body. There are countless stories of women frantically calling clinics and searching the internet for a possible way to save their baby after taking the first pill.
Several years ago, Dr. George Delgado realized that a common treatment for a woman experiencing a natural miscarriage, injecting progesterone, could be used to help women who had already taken the first abortion pill. The logic behind abortion reversal is straightforward. Instead of taking the second pill, the pregnant woman is given large dosages of “progesterone in order to counteract the first pill.” Hundreds of babies, like Baby Gabriel who is featured in this story, have already been saved using this method.
This is an opportunity for life and hope for these women. If you want to help save babies like Gabriel, let your representatives know that you support this bill – we have made it simple for you to do so in our Action Center.
We are at a critical stage in the session – it is important that they know that you support woman having hope beyond abortion.
Director of Advocacy
We are happy to report that House Bill 1336 was voted out of the House Human Services Committee with a “Do Pass” recommendation!
House Bill 1336 requires that a woman considering a chemical abortion be given information about how she can save her baby’s life, if she changes her mind part-way into the process. Over 68 percent of women who have changed their minds, and sought immediate medical attention, were able to successfully deliver a healthy baby!
We still need your help! The House is scheduled to vote on House Bill 1336 this afternoon! Please contact both of your district representatives NOW and urge them to vote YES on House Bill 1336, because women have the right to know! Simply click on this link, enter your zip code, and find the contact information for your two representatives. You can contact them by phone or email. Thank you for helping to protect women and preborn babies in North Dakota!
President and Executive Director
If this sounds like the beginning of a Dr. Seuss rhyme, it’s not. I’m talking about something far more serious: the two pills that comprise the RU486 chemical abortion procedure. In technical terms, the first pill is actually the “RU486” component, or mifepristone; the second is misoprostol. The RU486/mifepristone causes the uterus to shed its lining so that the fertilized egg (i.e., human being) will have nothing to stay attached to. Then the second pill, containing misoprostol, effectively causes a miscarriage. Is it brutal? You bet it is. The child dies and reading the list of possible side effects from this process for the mother is frightening.
You may not be aware of this, but North Dakota law requires that women seeking abortions need to be informed about specific things before the abortion may take place. For example, a woman seeking an abortion must be told:
- The abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living being;
- Abortion has inherent medical risks such as infection, hemorrhaging, danger to subsequent pregnancies, and infertility;
- That agencies exist who can provide alternatives to abortion (these need to be identified); and
- That she is free to withhold or withdraw her consent to the abortion at any time.
I want to focus on this last piece of mandated information. Suppose a pregnant woman were to take the first of the two chemical abortion pills, but then changes her mind. She now wants to carry her child to full term. She’s frightened and confused, and I suspect she might be thinking something along the lines of, “I really wish I hadn’t started this abortion process, but there’s no going back now”. However, nothing is further from the truth.
Abortions can be stopped after the mother has already taken the first RU486 pill. There are many success stories from around the country documenting this, and closer to home, a young lady successfully reversed her chemical abortion right here in North Dakota. With the help of a local pregnancy clinic, she was able to get a prescription for reversal medication and delivered a healthy baby boy.
I ask you, how is a woman free to withhold or withdraw consent to the abortion at any time if she doesn’t know the abortion can be stopped/reversed? She effectively can’t. The pro-abortion movement rallies around the phrase “it’s a woman’s right to choose”. I say, that sentiment has to cut both ways. Withholding critical information about an abortion procedure takes away her choice. This needs to change.
President and Executive Director
What if a woman knew she could reverse a chemical abortion, save the life of her child, and spare herself a life of regret?
This could become a reality in Idaho.
Sponsored by Senator Lori Den Hartog, S1243, the “Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent” bill, informs women seeking chemical abortions that abortion reversal may be possible, should they change her mind.
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho is working with Right to Life of Idaho on this legislation. Together, our pro-life organizations will advocate giving mothers life-saving information as they contemplate their choice. Abortion pill reversal information empowers women with facts on a time-sensitive protocol that can save a life.
Baby Gabriel’s mom found herself in a crisis pregnancy and was pressured to abort him. Watch a short video of her story, “Saving Baby Gabriel” below.
The story of baby Gabriel shows the kind of pressure endured by many women in crisis pregnancies. Notice that when Gabriel’s teen mom told the abortionist that she did not want to take the RU-486, he reminded her of the circumstances in which she found herself and coerced her to go through with the abortion.
Can you imagine making a deadly mistake, needing with all your heart to correct it, and being told that the death you are trying to avoid is inescapable? With an RU-486 abortion, all may not be lost.
What is RU-486?
RU-486” refers to two drugs: mifeprex, taken at the abortion clinic, and a second drug called misoprostol which is typically taken 2-3 days later at home. The first drug starves the baby and stops a beating heart. The second drug causes uterine contractions and the pregnant mother delivers a tiny, lifeless baby.
The logic behind abortion reversal is straightforward. Instead of taking the second pill, the pregnant woman is given large dosages of “progesterone in order to counteract the first pill.” This protocol is a ray of hope. As Dr. George Delgado, one of the pioneers of this technique, has said, “by using progesterone, they hope to “out-compete [mifepristone] at the receptor.”
Numerous studies have found strong links between abortion and psychological trauma. Imagine how much more intense that trauma, that desire to escape, if the mother is denied information that explains how she can choose to change her mind and save her baby.
S1243 is life-saving and life-giving.
You would think that people who are “pro-choice” would support giving women information, so they have the freedom to choose to change their mind. On the contrary, you can be sure that abortion advocates will show up in force to oppose S1243.
Over 45% of Idaho abortions in 2016 were chemical. Do you suppose that of those 581 abortions, there quite possibly were numerous women who stared at those pills and saw a life of regret in their future?
Information on reversing the abortion pill, like that found in S1243, may have saved those moms and their babies.
With this legislation, we can take a step forward in Loving Them Both.
In the next week, I will be sending you information about how you can help make S1243 a reality.
Will you purpose to let your voice be heard?
We must never stop speaking for those who can’t speak for themselves.