Allor proposes Right to Know abortion bill
A new bill proposed in Lansing could provide women who are considering abortion with other options and resources to help them make the decision right for them.
State Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, introduced the Women’s Right to Know Act – establishing additional tools for pregnant women and expects support for it from both sides of the aisle, in both chambers of the legislature.
House Bill 5086 provides information about lifesaving abortion reversal pills as well as heartbeat and miscarriage awareness, while creating a website with information on prenatally diagnosed conditions.
“I expect this bill to earn bipartisan support, as it simply gives women who are pregnant, access to educational material and access to additional resources,” Allor said in a press release. “Hopefully, with more complete information, more women will choose life for their unborn child.”
According to Allor, chemical abortions are now the most common method abortion in Michigan, accounting for over half of the nearly 30,000 abortions performed last year. She said this type of abortion provides the mother an opportunity to change her mind and save the baby if she so chooses.
The bill also requires doctors who are approached about an abortion, to present this procedure as a treatment option.
“The chemical abortion procedure consists of two pills taken 24 to 48 hours apart,” The release states. “If a woman changes her mind after taking the first pill but before taking the second, a treatment can be used to reverse the effects of the first pill, potentially saving the life of the unborn child.”
The legislation also requires abortion providers to check for a fetal heartbeat prior to an abortion. Based on a variety of factors, approximately 20% of all confirmed pregnancies end in natural miscarriage before 12 weeks gestation and data shows the vast majority of abortions in Michigan are performed on babies below 12 weeks old. A percentage of these abortions may be unnecessary due to natural miscarriage, and checking for a heartbeat allows for specificity and the mother to have as much information as possible on the baby.
Lastly, Allor’s plan requires the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to create a website with medically accurate information about prenatally diagnosed conditions and support groups.
Doctors who diagnose and disclose a fetal anomaly would be required to provide this information to expectant mothers. Often, babies diagnosed with disabilities are aborted, including over 65% of all babies diagnosed in-utero with Down syndrome.
The bill has been asked to be referred to the Health Policy Committee for further consideration.