FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2022
Contact: Mary Owens, [email protected]
Legislation Would Ensure Women Are Informed of Serious Health Risks & the Chance to Reverse a Chemical Abortion
Washington, D.C. – By a vote of 77-20, the Kentucky House of Representatives has approved H.B. 3, legislation that would stop dangerous mail-order abortion drugs, protect women’s right to informed consent and be free from coercion to have an abortion. Authored by State Rep. Nancy Tate (R-27), H.B. 3 would ensure that women are informed about the health risks of chemical drugs as well as the possibility of abortion pill reversal, a safe, effective protocol that has saved thousands of babies. The legislation also establishes a state-certification system for chemical abortion drugs to be overseen by the state’s Board of Pharmacy. The bill now heads to the Senate.
In 2021 the Biden administration moved to weaken longstanding federal safety regulations against mail-order abortion drugs, a policy that allows for dangerous at-home, do-it-yourself abortions without necessary medical oversight.
SBA List State Policy Director Sue Liebel praised Kentucky lawmakers, saying:
“We are proud of our National Pro-Life Caucus member Rep. Nancy Tate and all our pro-life allies in the Kentucky House for taking a stand against dangerous mail-order abortion drugs, which pose a serious threat to both unborn children and their mothers. Real-world data shows an alarming 500% increase in the rate of emergency room visits due to chemical abortion in the years since the ‘abortion pill’ was first approved. Women deserve to be informed of these serious health and safety risks – which the profit-driven abortion industry constantly downplays – as well as hope and a second chance to save their babies if they regret starting the chemical abortion process. While pro-abortion Democrats in Washington push abortion on demand until birth under the guise of ‘women’s health,’ Kentucky lawmakers are fighting back for women and children. We hope the state Senate will swiftly follow suit and that Governor Beshear will heed the will of the people.”
A recent, first-of-its-kind study found that the rate of abortion-related emergency room visits following a chemical abortion increased by more than 500% from 2002 through 2015. In the last year Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas have enacted state-level safeguards against mail-order abortion drugs, with additional states considering action.
SBA List is a network of 900,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.