Abortion Cancellation Bill Advances at S Carolina House

A bill that would require doctors to inform patients undergoing medical abortions of a controversial method to possibly stop the abortion process is moving forward at the South Carolina House.

The House Judiciary Committee could review the legislation after a panel of lawmakers voted to advance the measure on Thursday.

The proposal would require doctors to give patients receiving the two-dose medical abortion a statement that if a patient changes her mind, there is a drug that could ‘potentially enhance the pregnancy’ even after taking the first pill during pregnancy. a medical abortion – a position that medical experts have disputed.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists considers so-called “abortion reversal” procedures unproven and unethical. At UC Davis, researchers said in 2019 that they had to halt a randomized clinical study of the reversal procedure after three women suffered severe bleeding and needed to go to the emergency room, leading the Researchers warn that failure to complete the two-drug abortion pill sequence could lead to hemorrhage.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights, about a dozen states have passed similar laws requiring doctors to tell patients about so-called abortion cancellation procedures. Federal judges have blocked the measures from taking effect in Indiana, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Critics said Thursday that the legislation would restrict doctors’ freedom of speech and that South Carolina would likely face costly and time-consuming litigation if the bill becomes law.

Nearly identical legislation is also on the agenda of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee. That panel did not accept the proposal, along with a bill banning all abortions if the U.S. Supreme Court allows it, after two senators blocked the measures during a walkout last week.

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