The problem with Indiana’s ‘abortion reversal’ bill

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A woman protests outside Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, Minnesota. / Photo courtesy (cc) 2012 Fibonacci Blue

The Indiana House legislature passed a controversial bill on Monday known as the “abortion reversal bill.” The bill would mandate that health care providers tell women that their drug-induced abortions could be reversed within a couple days by receiving high levels of progesterone—a process that has not been scientifically proven.

The bill passed the House 53-41. Only six out of the 21 female lawmakers present voted in favor of the bill.

“At this point, the only certainty is confusion,” Republican Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer told The Indiana Times. “I do not believe forcing medical professionals to provide medical advice on something that is not proven and incomplete is by any means the right thing to do.”

Lawmakers who supported the bill argued that women who immediately regret their abortions have the right to know the option to reverse it is out there—even though that option may not actually work.

“We’re just saying you have the right to try,” Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburnt told The IndyStar. “We’re not saying it’s going to work.”.

The fact that 53 people thought this bill was a good idea is mind-boggling. Why on Earth would we mandate health care providers tell their patients information that may or may not be true? What are the benefits to that?

We would never force health care providers to tell patients with cancer that an experimental pill that has never been tested might possibly cure them of their illness. So why would we demand that doctors tell women they can undo their abortions with a practice that is based solely on the anecdotal evidence of a handful of people?

Misinformation can not be allowed to spread when it comes to something as important and life-or-death as people’s health. It is wrong of the government to encroach on the medical sphere to advance their political agendas. Health care must stick to what the industry actually relies on—science.

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