A recent Louisiana law signed on July 2 requires abortion providers to inform women about the abortion pill reversal protocol, which is safe, effective and can save the lives of preborn babies by negating the effects of the abortion drug.

The measure, HB 578, relates specifically to chemically induced abortions. In this method, the mother is given two pills – mifepristone and misoprostol. The first drug blocks a hormone called progesterone which is vital to the continuation of pregnancy, especially in the early stages. The second drug induces uterine contractions, and then, an unnatural miscarriage.

With the law, upon administering the mifepristone, abortion providers would then be required to provide a disclosure statement attached in some way to the bag containing the misoprostol or on the prescription for it. This statement is required to read as follows:

“PLEASE READ BEFORE TAKING SECOND PILL. Research has indicated that the first pill provided, identified as mifepristone, is not always effective in ending a pregnancy. If after taking the first pill you regret your decision, please consult a physician or healthcare provider immediately to determine if there are options available to assist you in continuing your pregnancy.”

Chemical abortions (also known as medical abortions) can potentially be reversed within 24 – 72 hours after taking mifepristone, and “the treatment is safe, effective and the side effects are minimal for the mother and the baby,” according to previous reporting by The Daily Citizen on a similar law passed in Indiana by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb.

The abortion pill reversal introduces a large amount of progesterone into the pregnant woman’s body, and this influx attempts to overwhelm the blocking effects of mifepristone. A 2018 study published in Issues in Law and Medicine found that “68 percent of women who changed their mind about an abortion and started the Abortion Pill Reversal treatment were able to give birth to a perfectly healthy baby.”

Democrat Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards made a statement on his Twitter account regarding the various legislation passed on July 2 and in his state’s 2021 regular session.

“While much has been made of a handful of controversial bills, the reality is that this legislative session has produced many good laws that will improve the lives of Louisianans,” Edwards said. “We did this through bipartisan cooperation and compromise. As we have proven time and time again, the people of Louisiana are best served when all of us put aside our differences and focus on projects, programs and progress for all.”

For women who are looking for resources to obtain an abortion pill reversal, contact abortionpillreversal.com or call 877-558-0333.

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