Indiana House Committee Hears Bill on Chemical Abortion Reversal
February 8, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Indiana House Public Policy Committee Chairman Rep. Ben Smaltz (IN-52) brought House Bill (HB) 1128 before his committee. HB 1128, authored by Rep. Ron Bacon (IN-75), increases informed consent for women seeking a chemical abortion in Indiana by notifying them that this type of abortion procedure may be able to be reversed or stopped.
The committee members heard from more than 10 individuals on both sides of the issue. Testifying to the success of using an abortion pill reversal protocol were two Indiana doctors, Casey Reising, M.D. of Indianapolis and Christina Francis, M.D. of Fort Wayne. Both have helped women go on to deliver healthy babies after they regretted taking the first pill in the chemical abortion process. Committee members also heard from a woman who participated in the abortion pill reversal process after regretting her decision to abort. She now has a healthy son.
Indiana Right to Life’s Vice President of Public Affairs Sue Swayze-Liebel said, “Women deserved to be fully informed when they pursue an abortion. The number of cases where the chemical abortion process is reversed and a healthy birth follows continues to grow. We can’t discount the evidence of a healthy baby before us when that child’s mother changed her mind after starting an abortion. If we support women being fully informed, they deserve to know that chemical abortions can often be reversed. We urge the Indiana House Public Policy Committee to vote to advance this bill and its amendments.”
Committee members were also presented with amendments to HB 1128 that make minor changes to the state’s termination of pregnancy report, strengthen health and safety standards at abortion facilities and work to help women being sexually trafficked.
The committee will vote on HB 1128 and its amendments on Feb. 15.
Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.