If there was a competition for most pro-life state in the Union, Texas would certainly be in the running.
On September 1, 2021, Texas became the first state to successfully prohibit abortions pre-viability for the first time since the Supreme Court decreed abortions to be legalized nationwide in Roe v. Wade in 1973.
Now, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed another pro-life bill into law.
Texas Senate Bill 4 (S.B. 4) regulates the use of the medication that causes a chemical abortion, also referred to as the abortion pill. The abortion pill is actually two drugs given days apart, mifepristone and misoprostol, that essentially cause an early miscarriage.
The bill imposes several requirements on the use of the abortion pill.
First, it prohibits any abortionist from prescribing a woman the abortion pill after her preborn baby reaches seven weeks gestation.
It also restrictions the use of telemedicine as a way for abortionists to prescribe the abortion pill. This practice began during the COVID-19 pandemic, after pro-abortion groups sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over its rule that the first dose of the abortion pill (mifepristone) must be provided in person.
A federal judge sided with the pro-abortion groups, though the U.S. Supreme Court later intervened and restored the FDA’s rule.
However, more recently the FDA suspended its own in-person requirement for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and is currently reviewing whether the rule is even necessary at all.
The Texas bill states: “A manufacturer, supplier, physician, or any other person may not provide to a patient any abortion-inducing drug by courier, delivery, or mail service.”
Additionally, the bill says that before providing the abortion pill, the abortionist must examine the woman in person to verify whether a pregnancy exists, document the “gestational age and intrauterine location of the pregnancy,” and determine the woman’s blood type.
S.B. 4 also notes why the state legislature decided to enact stricter regulations of the abortion pill: “The use of Mifeprex or mifepristone presents significant medical complications including, but not limited to, uterine hemorrhage, viral infections, abdominal pain, cramping, vomiting, headache, fatigue, and pelvic inflammatory disease.”
In a previous statement to The Daily Citizen, Jonathan Saenz, an attorney and President of Texas Values, said, “Chemical abortions are dangerous and at the least must be regulated to protect the health and safety of women.”
“The ‘No Mail Order Abortions’ bill, S.B. 4, does just that by restricting chemical abortions, banning chemical abortions by mail, requiring an in-person examination of a woman considering a chemical abortion, and requiring informed consent and reporting, and prescribing criminal offenses for violations,” Saenz added.
If you have recently taken the abortion pill and regret your decision, there may still be time to reverse the pill’s effects. Visit abortionpillreversal.com or call the helpline 1-877-558-0333 to speak with a medical professional who can help guide you through the process of reversing its effects.
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