September 3, 2020

Pro-Abortion Groups Sue Tennessee to Block Patients from Learning About Abortion Pill Reversal

Tennessee State Capitol
photo credit: Matt Turner / Flickr
Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) all sued the state of Tennessee on Monday over a law that requires women seeking abortion pills to hear about abortion pill reversal.

Other parts of the omnibus law have already hit legal roadblocks, including a fetal heartbeat provision, but now the abortion lobby has taken aim at a provision that simply informs women that they have a chance to take back their decisions o abort if they have second thoughts.

Specifically, the law requires businesses dispensing abortion pills to inform women about abortion pill reversal in-person or over the phone (depending on how the pills were dispensed). Those who fail to do so would receive heavy fines and felony charges.

The abortion lawsuit claims that the law violates abortion providers' First Amendment rights by requiring them to “communicate a content-based, viewpoint-based, and/or controversial government-mandated message that they would not otherwise recite concerning an experimental medical treatment that has not been shown to be safe or effective.”

In reality, abortion pill reversal is a proven and simple treatment that has saved over 1,000 children since 2007. The first pill in the abortion pill regimen, mifepristone, blocks a pregnant mother's natural flow of a chemical called progesterone. By doing so, a mother's body no longer properly provides nutrients and oxygen to her child. Abortion pill reversal simply has a woman take additional progesterone so that the flow of nutrients is restored. Progesterone has even been used by pregnant mothers who haven't taken the abortion pill to help them with other pregnancy-related problems. If done within 24 hours of taking mifepristone, abortion pill reversal can have a good chance of saving a child's life.

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