UWU IMMEDIATE ACTION ALERT
HB141 ABORTION "REVERSAL" BILL
H.B. 141 “Unborn Child Protection Amendment” HB 141 adds language to the state mandated informed consent to require the provider tell a woman seeking an abortion of the possibility that a medication-induced abortion may be able to be reversed. It also directs the Utah Department of Health to add language to their printed materials to say that medication-induced abortion may be reversed. Women considering terminating their pregnancy deserve unbiased, medically accurate information to make the best decision for themselves and their families. HB 141 is bad for women because: • Requiring physicians, or licensed providers, to tell women that a medication abortion may be reversible – despite no supportive scientific or medical evidence to support this claim – undermines the informed consent process and risks misleading women to believe they do not need to be certain about their decision before beginning the medication abortion process. • There is no scientific or medical evidence that proves that reversing a medication abortion is possible: no clinical trials, no objective or credible data. Because there have been no clinical trials, this has not been tested for safety, effectiveness, or the likelihood of side effects. • This approach is not recommended in the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ clinical guidance on medication abortion. Indeed, ACOG and the American Medical Association (“AMA”) agree that there is no reliable evidence that medication abortions can, in fact, be ‘reversed’ through a course of treatment. See ACOG fact sheet. • This measure is written by politicians – not doctors – and is about shaming women and blocking access to a safe, legal medical procedure. • This measure is a further intrusion of politicians into Utah women’s personal lives. Women don’t turn to politicians for advice about mammograms, prenatal care, or cancer treatments. Politicians should not be involved in a woman’s personal medical decisions about her pregnancy. • It is a waste of our legislature’s time and taxpayer money. The first state to enact this requirement, Arizona, was forced to agree to a court order in October 2015 blocking the law from taking effect after the State was unable to put together evidence supporting the law. While the law was blocked and before the lawsuit could even conclude, the Arizona legislature repealed the law unanimously in May 2016.
Once again, Bramble and now Rep. Keven Stratton would like to exercise their lack of medical acumen this session with House Bill 141, a bill proposal that forces physicians to promise to provide "snake oil" as a reasonable option for medical care to pregnant women.
We knew it was coming...now the much maligned "medical abortion reversal" bill is public and sitting in the House Rules Committee, waiting for assignment to a standing committee of the Utah House of Represents. Actually, "maligned" is not the most accurate word to describe this bill.