Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AZ House passes anti-abortion bill

The State House passed this outrageous anti-abortion bill (SB1318). It relies on junk science - you know - the reversibility of chemical abortions.

Here is what the bill says, in summary from azleg.gov:

SB 1318 prohibits any health care plan offered through any health care exchange operating in this state from providing coverage for abortions with limited exception, requires documentation from abortion clinics regarding admitting privileges be submitted to the Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), and requires physicians to inform patients they may reverse the effects of a medical abortion.

For more about the bill, see this post from AZBlueMeanie at B4AZ. BlueMeanie quotes from testimony on the bill about the junk science from the "pro-life" (so-called) doctors.

Allan Sawyer, former president of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said he had previously reversed a medication abortion for a woman by providing her with progesterone.

When questioned, Sawyer acknowledged that FDA had not approved using progesterone for such a purpose.

In addition, Sawyer said there were no studies indicating whether administering progesterone for such a purpose could result in birth defects if a woman carries the pregnancy to term.

Separately, Ilana Addis, chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Arizona section, said physicians have an obligation to "practice medicine that is evidence-based" and that "the protocol that has been suggested for reversing a medication abortion has no evidence to support it."

BTW: our LD2 Republican Rep Chris Ackerley voted against this bill. He does deserve thanks for this one.

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