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Pro-life North Dakota Governor Burgum recently signed into law abortion drug reversal legislation. The legislation requires abortion vendors to tell women that it is possible, within a certain time period, to reverse a chemical abortion that uses abortion drugs like RU-486. The Star Tribune noted, “Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill that requires abortion providers to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions that it’s possible they could still have a live birth if they change their mind.”
.@DougBurgum Thank you for signing important, life-saving legislation today that informs women of their abortion drug reversal options!
— Students for Life (@StudentsforLife) March 26, 2019
Students for Life of America students testified several weeks ago in support of the legislation, HB 1336. In her testimony, Emma Stehr, a nursing student at University of Mary in North Dakota said, in part, “As a junior level nursing student at the University of Mary, I recognize that patient advocacy is crucial in health care. As a future nurse, I will have the duty of advocating for my patients. This means that in all situations I will support the desires of my patient’s in medical care and ensure that informed consent has been obtained by the physician. If an abortion physician does not inform a woman of her options, a nurse cannot witness the informed consent, because it is NOT “informed” consent.
Those who support abortion as a woman’s choice and reproductive right, should have NO issue with supporting a woman’s choice to change her mind about an abortion. As a Pro-life woman, I believe that providing a woman with information about the available abortion reversal agents, empowers her to make decisions regarding her reproductive health, and this includes reversing her abortion if she so chooses.”
The legislation updated pro-life state laws to include the requirement to tell a woman seeking an abortion, “That it may be possible to reverse the effects of an abortion-inducing drug if she changes her mind, but time is of the essence and information and assistance with reversing the effects of an abortion-inducing drug are available in the printed materials given to her [as described in another portion of state law.”