‘Abortion-reversal’ bill passes Senate on party-line vote

Abortion reversal: Sen. Lori Den Hartog, R-Meridian, presenting her bill before the Senate on Feb. 20.

BOISE — The Idaho Senate passed a bill to inform patients considering abortion about a medical abortion reversal procedure that is scientifically unproven on a straight 29-6 party-line vote.

The bill, SB 1243, would modify Idaho’s informed consent packets to include information about the reversal procedure and who to contact to get more information.

If the bill is passed, Idaho would join states like Utah, Arkansas and South Dakota, who have similar laws.

There is no medical or scientific consensus of the procedure’s effectiveness or potential side effects. the procedure calls for use of the hormone progesterone to counteract the first pill.

Debate on floor and in previous committee hearings focused on the unproven nature of it. Opposition argued the uncertainty over effectiveness and side effects complicates the relationship between patients and doctors. Supporters responded that the bill would simply modify a form doctors are mandated to give to patients, not requiring them to speak about the proposal. They insisted patients should be given information about all possible options to inform their decision.

– Kyle Pfannenstiel covers the 2018 Idaho Legislature for the University of Idaho McClure Center for Public Policy Research.

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