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Opponents of Abortion Reversal Bill Voice Concerns in the State Senate

Opponents and proponents of abortion at Ohio Statehouse.
Opponents and proponents of abortion at the Ohio Statehouse.

A bill in the Ohio Senate requires doctors give women who receive medication abortions information on a controversial reversal procedure. Opponents of the legislation got their chance to speak out to an Ohio Senate committee Tuesday.

This bill says doctors have to tell women the abortion can be reversed after the first of two pills. Rev. Terry Williams said the legislation raises ethical concerns.

They haven't asked for a legislator

“As many rooms as I have been called into with patients who have asked me to help them make difficult ethical decisions, they never have once asked for a legislator,” Williams said. 

Williams was just one of several who testified against the bill on medical, ethical and legal grounds.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists called the procedure “junk science.” Jaime Miracle with Naral Pro-Choice Ohio called this bill a bad idea.

“This legislative body should not be in the practice of forcing medical providers to break their ethical guidelines by requiring them to give, at best, misleading and, at worst, potentially harmful about the pseudoscience claim that abortion can be reversed.”  

Backers cite a controversial study that they said showed 68% of pregnancies were continued after the so-called reversal. A handful of states have passed similar laws, all of which are being challenged in court. 

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.