'Unethical'

Experts warn that science does not support ‘abortion reversal’ bill pushed by Ohio Republicans

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A new Republican-backed bill in Ohio is mandating that doctors who prescribe medical abortions give women information on the merits of an untested and unproven “abortion reversal” treatment.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has condemned “abortion reversal,” developed by pro-life doctor George Delgado, as “not based on science.” Delgado self-published a study boasting a 64 percent success rate in reversing medical abortions — in which pregnancies are ended with medication — by prescribing progesterone. He bypassed a review board and ethical review committee, which are required for studies involving human subjects, leading ACOG to describe his research as dangerous and unethical.

Bill sponsor Sen. Peggy Lehner made no mention of such concerns during a Tuesday press conference. “I find it really kind of perplexing why anyone would be opposed to a woman choosing to give life,” she said. “Frankly, this is a piece of legislation that one would think we could come together on.”

Three other states, Arkansas, Arizona, and South Dakota, have all already passed bills requiring doctors to give information about “abortion reversal.”

Not to be outdone, another Ohio politician, Republican State Rep. John Becker, has proposed a bill that would ban almost all private insurance coverage for abortion, with an exception for a procedure that supposedly involves re-implanting an ectopic pregnancy in the uterus. According to ACOG, an ectopic pregnancy — in which a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus — cannot “move or to be moved to the uterus,” and requires treatment by surgery or medication.

The procedure to re-implant the embryo recommended by Becker, ACOG noted, does not exist.

Read the full story at USA Today.

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