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Abortion reversal bill heads to Senate floor

An Idaho Senate panel has advanced a proposal requiring doctors to inform women seeking medical abortions that drug-induced abortions may be halted halfway through, despite physicians saying there's little evidence or science to back up that idea. (KBOI Photo)

An Idaho Senate panel has advanced a proposal requiring doctors to inform women seeking medical abortions that drug-induced abortions may be halted halfway through, despite physicians saying there's little evidence or science to back up that idea.

"This information has no basis in science," said Mistie Tolman with Planned Parenthood. "It's not been peer reviewed. It cannot be found in any medical journal or scientific journal."

But supporters of the legislation say doctors can give a woman the hormone progesterone to stop an abortion after she has taken the first of two medications needed to complete the abortion.

"This protocol is what as a layman I would say is the cutting edge of medicine," said Sen. Lori Den Hartog, the Meridian Republican sponsoring the bill. "Doctors have been using progesterone on pregnant women for decades. Now they're finding ways to use it it a different way."

Meanwhile, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has said that there is no medically accepted evidence that a drug-induced abortion can be interrupted.

Utah, Arkansas and South Dakota have already enacted such requirements.

The Senate State Affairs Committee agreed to send the bill to the Senate floor Monday with just the two Democratic members opposing.

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