Reproductive rights

Arizona passes controversial law based on ‘quack medicine’

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The state of Arizona has passed a law which requires doctors who perform drug-induced abortions to tell women that the procedure may be reversible, a claim that a majority of doctors say is either untrue or erroneous. The provision is part of a broader bill, signed into law late Monday by the state’s Republican Governor Doug Ducey, which was intended to prevent insurance companies from providing coverage for most abortions to women who purchase medical coverage through the federal health care exchange. In a statement, the governor said the law was intended to protect Arizona taxpayers, by ensuring public funds are “not used to subsidize abortions” and that he wanted to ensure that “women have as much information as possible when making an important medical decision.” The science behind the claim that early-stage, pill-induced abortions are reversible is murky at best. The claim is based almost entirely on the research of Dr. George Delgado, which has been criticized by many in the medical community. Delgado claims that he was able to save the pregnancy of several women, after they started — but before they completed — the two-step process involved with this type of abortion. Critics have slammed the law, and are afraid it is opening up new avenues for anti-abortion legislation nationwide. “This is quack medicine,” Representative Victoria Steele, a Democrat from Tucson said, “yet we put it into law and the governor signed it.”

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