New Indiana Abortion Act begins litigation
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is being sued over its latest abortion law. Many health care providers and groups like Planned Parenthood claim the state is forcing doctors to provide false and misleading information about reversing the abortion pill.
Proponents of the legislation say it gives people an option.
Daysha Neely shared her story with lawmakers about how she successfully reversed abortion pills. Drug-induced abortions take multiple doses, but after the first, Neely said she immediately regretted it. She immediately called her provider.
“They told me I couldn’t stop it and I would have to take the rest of the pills or I would bleed a lot,” Neely said.
Desperate, she said she turned to the internet and found out about APR, Abortion Pill Rescue.
She eventually found a doctor who gave progesterone treatments and had her son in March.
“He is healthy. I’m so glad I had it, I made a mistake, and I’m so glad I was able to reverse the pills, ”Neely said.
According to HEA 1577, Indiana abortion providers are required to provide information about this reversal option to people searching for abortions.
Some like Dr. Christina Francis in Fort Wayne are already doing this.
“It would be dishonest and cruel not to provide you with this information,” said Dr. Francis.
However, many health care providers and groups like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood do not believe the science of this reversal is true. These groups argue that it has not been properly investigated or approved by federal regulators. That is why they are suing the state.
“The so-called reversal of abortion has no science,” said Dr. Caroline Rouse of Riley Physicians Maternal Fetal Medicine. “It is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening treatment without scientific evidence and it is unethical to advise my patients about it.”
The complaint said that this law could lead some patients to an abortion based on the false assumption that they can later reverse its effects.
Dr. Francis said doctors would make it clear that this is not a safe bet.
“If we really care about women being able to make informed decisions, that should include knowing that there is an option if they change their minds,” Francis said.
The lawsuit cites this option as unethical and unconstitutional misinformation.
It’s unclear how this will play out in Indiana, but courts in other states have blocked similar measures.
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