Judge finds one reason doc can't advise patient: abortion

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

doctor writing prescriptionA federal judge has blocked a state law requiring doctors to inform women about medication abortion.  

Medora Nagle, executive director of North Dakota Right to Life, says the state law instructs women who receive medication for a chemical abortion to be advised the process is reversible if they change their minds.

“So it wasn't altering anybody getting an abortion or there wasn't any restrictions on getting an abortion,” Nagle says of the law. “It was just simply to provide the women with the information they could potentially reverse the effects of the chemical abortion medication."

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland stated in his order that lawmakers should not legally mandate what medical professionals inform their patients.

The judge also suggested there is no science to back up claims about reversing a chemical abortion but Nagle says more than 750 babies have been born after the mother changed her mind.

Nagle hopes Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, a Republican, will appeal the ruling.

According to The Associated Press, North Dakota is among eight states to pass or amend laws requiring doctors to tell women undergoing medication abortions they can still have a live birth after the procedure.

The other states with similar laws are Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Utah.

Five of those laws were passed this year.

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