A bill in Georgia’s Senate (SB 239) — sponsored by six Republican men — would require abortion providers to lie to women.
Women who have decided to have a medication abortion are prescribed two doses of medicine to induce the abortion. If this bill passes, women seeking these kinds of procedures would be forced to learn about the scientifically unsupported option of “reversing” the abortion by taking a different medicine for their second dose.
There is little research to support this claim, and the “studies” that have been done are outrageously flawed.
In fact, this false information would only encourage dangerous, incomplete abortions, which put the woman’s health and safety at risk. Many women who fail to take the second dose must follow up with the correct medicine to complete the abortion, undergo a surgical abortion or face birth defects.
The bill says nothing about warning women about these real dangers.
Rather than be misinformed and lied to, women deserve to have access to accurate medical advice throughout their pregnancy. It’s disrespectful and dehumanizing to be manipulated regarding a decision about one’s own body.
What’s more, this bill is only a symptom of a larger problem in Georgia. By creating barrier after barrier, lawmakers can start chipping away at women’s rights to safe, effective and accessible abortions.
The legislators behind this misleading abortion “reversal” bill really just want to manipulate women and stop abortion altogether.
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