A Senate committee in Ohio is set to hear from opponents of a bill that would provide so-called “reverse abortions”.
Chemical abortions require taking two pills 72 hours apart. Barry Sheets of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio says abortions can be reversed before taking the second pill, especially when progesterone is prescribed and taken within hours of taking the first pill.
A 2018 peer-reviewed study showed that between 64 and 68 percent of pregnancies where the woman chose to abort the chemical abortion procedure and opt for the reversal procedure were saved.
This bill would oblige doctors performing abortions to inform women of this procedure. The Leaves and other supporters of this bill say that at least 900 women who started the medical abortion procedure were able to reverse that process with progesterone.
The studies cited by proponents of the abortion reversal procedure are not the double-blind scientific studies most commonly used by the medical community. The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) acknowledges this.
“What we’re facing is an ethical dilemma. You can’t study this. You can’t study this and say, ‘We’re going to give this group of women here progesterone during the abortion procedure and this group here – we would be very unethical to do so. These women come one at a time. It’s not like there’s a big study group that you can watch and compare,” Lehner says.
A handful of states have passed similar laws. Two have been blocked by the courts and others are disputed.