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May 3, 2021

Indiana and West Virginia Approve Abortion Pill Reversal Laws

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R)
Last week, the governors of Indiana and West Virginia signed laws requiring abortion businesses to inform women about abortion pill reversal before they receive abortion pills.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signed a bill last Thursday that requires abortionists to tell women about how abortion pill reversal could save their children's lives if they change their minds after taking the first pill in the abortion pill regimen.

West Virginia's Second Chances at Life Act was signed by Gov. Jim Justice (R) last Wednesday; also requiring abortion businesses to inform women about abortion pill reversal.

Mifepristone, the first pill in the abortion pill regimen, starves and suffocates an unborn child by blocking the pregnancy hormone progesterone. If taken within 24 hours of the first pill (but before the second pill, misoprostol), doses of progesterone can be given to a woman to counteract the effects of mifepristone. By notifying women about this process, these laws could save lives.

The Indiana law includes several other pro-life measures as well. It bans mail-delivery of abortion pills and drug-induced abortions taking place after eight weeks of pregnancy. Abortion businesses will have more reporting requirements, be required to show pregnant mothers ultrasound images of their babies, and must receive written parental consent for abortion from a minor's parent. This is different from Illinois, which only requires parental notification of abortion. Even that is being challenged by a recent bill, however.

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