LINCOLN (SNR/NECC) – With the passage of LB209 by the Nebraska Legislature, the state is guaranteeing a mother’s right to receive important, life-changing information when prescribed the abortion pill.
LB209, introduced by Senator Joni Albrecht of Thurston, overcame filibusters during all three rounds of debate. The bill passed 36-12 May 30 and was signed into law by Governor Ricketts June 4.
When a mother is given the abortion pill, she is told there is no going back. But according to a study published in 2018, medical researchers found that it is possible to save a pregnancy by administering progesterone after the woman has taken the first abortion pill, mifepristone, but before she has taken the second pill, misoprostol.
“My goal in introducing and prioritizing LB209 was to ensure that every woman seeking an abortion receives the information she needs and deserves to make a truly informed and voluntary decision,” said Albrecht.
LB209 adds a new section to Nebraska’s informed consent law, requiring an abortionist to share with mothers that “mifepristone alone is not always effective in ending a pregnancy,” and if she changes her mind and wants to continue the pregnancy after taking mifepristone, “information on finding immediate medical assistance is available on the web site of the Department of Health and Human Services.”
Dr. George Delgado, who conducted the study with more than 700 mothers, found that while there is a 25 percent chance a baby survives after the mother has taken only mifepristone, the chance of survival increases to 68 percent after a mother undergoes the progesterone treatment. To date, more than 550 children have reportedly been saved through the Abortion Pill Reversal process.
While more are expected to be trained to offer the treatment, there are several medical professionals in Nebraska who already successfully administer the Abortion Pill Reversal regimen. Teresa Kenney, a women’s healthcare nurse practitioner in Omaha, has been connecting with women seeking to save their pregnancy through the Abortion Pill Rescue Hotline for more than two years.
“I have had the opportunity to work with several patients who have willingly participated in the Abortion Pill Reversal treatment. Most mothers are unaware that if they change their minds in the midst of the abortion pill process, they might be able to save their child,” explained Kenney. “Now with the passage of LB209, a mother will rightfully be informed about the possibility to save her pregnancy.”
While the Abortion Pill Reversal process is new and cutting-edge, Nebraska is now added to the list of states requiring abortionists to give information about the Abortion Pill Reversal. Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, South Dakota, North Dakota, Kentucky, and Utah have all passed bills similar to LB209.
“I am so proud that with the passage of LB209, no mother in Nebraska who regrets starting an abortion will be left in despair or without a lifeline. Now, she will truly have a second chance at choice,” said Albrecht.
Pro-life advocates praised the passage of LB209.
“LB 209 will have a meaningful impact for women undergoing chemical abortions. Lives will be saved, and mothers’ remorse will be changed into joy,” said Julie Schmit-Albin, executive director, Nebraska Right to Life. “We are thankful that the Nebraska Legislature has joined eight other states in passing this common-sense legislation.”
“Women deserve a real choice,” said Karen Bowling, executive director of the Nebraska Family Alliance. “Women will now receive accurate medical information if they choose to reverse their medication abortion pill process. LB 209, The Abortion Pill Reversal Act is not only pro-choice but pro-woman, pro-science, and pro-information.”
She added that the Nebraska Family Alliance is proud to support legislation to help better protect both women and unborn children in Nebraska.
Marion Miner, associate director for pro-life and family at the Nebraska Catholic Conference, pointed out that for over 50 years, “progesterone has been used safely by medical professionals to ensure healthy pregnancies, and a number of recent scientific studies have given us even more information about its life-saving possibilities.”
“We are pleased that the Nebraska Legislature has agreed: the Abortion Pill Reversal process is safe, effective, and necessary information for mothers considering abortion,” he said.