August 23, 2023

Colorado to Discipline Doctors who Offer APR

On August 17, the Colorado State Medical Board ruled that doctors will be investigated and disciplined if they provide abortion pill reversal (APR) to pregnant mothers who regret taking the first drug in the abortion pill regimen.

The board seemed to change its stance from a week ago; when it said it would evaluate the use of abortion pill reversal on a case-by-case basis.

“Although the board will not treat medication abortion reversal as a per se act of unprofessional misconduct, the board does not consider administering, dispensing or delivering progesterone with the intent to interfere with, reverse, or halt a medication abortion through the use of mifepristone to meet generally accepted standards of medical practice,” its new rule states.

“Licensees are expected to practice evidence-based medicine, and any licensee who provides unscientific treatments that fall below the generally accepted standard of care may be subjected to discipline.”

The rule was prompted by a new pro-abortion Colorado law that punishes pro-life physicians. The law required the state medical board to determine whether APR is a "generally accepted standard of practice." If not, the law tells the board to find doctors who prescribe APR guilty of "unprofessional conduct."

APR works by counteracting the effects of the first pill in the abortion pill regimen, mifepristone. Mifepristone kills an unborn child by blocking the pregnancy hormone progesterone. Progesterone facilitates the flow of oxygen and nutrients from a mother to her unborn child. Without progesterone, the unborn child dies of starvation and asphyxiation.

APR involves the prescription of supplementary progesterone. This practice has been used to prevent miscarriage in difficult pregnancies, and it can also prevent an unborn child's death if taken soon enough after mifepristone.