Abortion ‘reversal’ bill stalls in committee

By Rachel Hoffmeyer

INDIANAPOLIS — A controversial bill that would have required doctors to tell those who receive an abortion-inducing drug that the procedure may be reversed is likely dead for this legislative session.

The legislation passed the House 54-41, but Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, confirmed Thursday that the bill will not receive a hearing in the Senate.

“I just think there’s a lot of questions about the science of it,” he said.

The Abortion Reversal Pill Network claims that there have been 300 successful births after using the reversal procedure. This is from a collection of cases, which have not yet been published, by Dr. George Delgado of San Diego.

However, medical professionals contend there is not enough evidence available regarding the reversal pill on which to base legislation.

House Bill 1128, authored by Rep. Ron Bacon, R-Chandler, would have required doctors to provide a form with contact information for medical professionals who can aid in the reversal procedure as well as medical professionals who do not think the procedure is safe. The form also would have been required to state, “no scientifically validated medical study confirms that an abortion may be reversed after taking abortion-inducing drugs.”

Rachel Hoffmeyer the executive editor for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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