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Ohio Bill Would Require Docs To Talk About Controversial Reverse Abortion Procedure

Oct 18, 2019

An Ohio Senate committee is set to hear from opponents of a bill that would provide what’s being called “reversed abortions.”

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Chemical abortions require two pills to be taken 72 hours apart. Barry Sheets with the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio says abortions can be reversed before that second pill is taken, especially when progesterone is prescribed and taken within hours after taking the first pill.

“A 2018 peer reviewed study showed that between 64 to 68% of pregnancies where the woman chose to discontinue the chemical abortion procedure and opt for the reversal procedure were saved.”

This bill would require doctors providing abortions to tell women about this procedure. But critics of this bill note ACOG – the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – says this process is based on unproven, unethical research and could be dangerous to the health of the woman. A handful of states have passed similar laws. 

Similar laws in Arizona and North Carolina have been blocked by courts.  A few others are in the process of being  being challenged.