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“Abortion Reversal” Bill Passes In House Despite Pushback

Lee Hale

A bill that would require Utah doctors to inform patients about abortion reversal procedures has passed in the state House of Representatives.

When women seek medically induced abortions the procedure requires two separate rounds of drugs. HB 141 would require doctors to tell patients that this procedure can be stopped halfway through and result in a healthy pregnancy. Though that’s not a guarantee.


The bill’s sponsor, Republican Representative Keven Stratton, shared research that 15 to 50 percent of fetuses can survive the first round of drugs.


That is the kind of information that would be shared with women considering an abortion.


“This is not a pro-life or a pro-choice bill,” said Stratton. “This is an informed consent.”


Fellow Republican Representative Susan Pulsipher said this bill does not tell women what to do, “It simply gives me additional information to use when making that decision.”


But there was considerable pushback from House Democrats. Representative Brian King said this bill is based on incomplete research involving only a handful of women.


“It’s simply not sound science that we’re going ahead with this bill if we pass it,” said King.


Democratic Representative Susan Duckworth argued that this, as with all abortion legislation, is a woman’s issue.


“Not one time have I heard a woman bring an abortion bill to this body,” Duckworth said.


Duckworth said it doesn’t make sense that male legislators should play such a large role in determining women’s health policy.


The bill still managed to pass with overwhelming Republican support, 56 votes to 13. It now moves to the senate for consideration

Lee Hale began listening to KUER while he was teaching English at a Middle School in West Jordan (his one hour commute made for plenty of listening time). Inspired by what he heard he applied for the Kroc Fellowship at NPR headquarters in DC and to his surprise, he got it. Since then he has reported on topics ranging from TSA PreCheck to micro apartments in overcrowded cities to the various ways zoo animals stay cool in the summer heat. But, his primary focus has always been education and he returns to Utah to cover the same schools he was teaching in not long ago. Lee is a graduate of Brigham Young University and is also fascinated with the way religion intersects with the culture and communities of the Beehive State. He hopes to tell stories that accurately reflect the beliefs that Utahns hold dear.
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