Last week, Representative Stephen Handy (Republican – Layton) abandoned HB 107 – Perinatal Hospice, an abortion bill that was designed to inform a woman that a fetus diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder could receive treatment to ensure that the woman, her family, and her child could receive comfort and care in preparation of the newborn’s inevitable passing. Though we believe Handy had good intentions with the legislation, it did include a specific provision that the woman would be informed of perinatal hospice treatment in a way that made it clear that such an option was preferred to an abortion in the eyes of the state – something that Utah Political Capitol felt would add undue mental anguish to an already impossible decision.
[pullquote]Stratton wants to require, by law, that a woman be given medical advice based on a claim that has been tested on half as many people as have walked on the Moon. Make no mistake, if HB 141 becomes law, women will make the decision to reverse an abortion based on the claims of snake-oil salesmen and they will suffer because of it.[/pullquote]We are not so sure Representative Keven Stratton (Republican – Orem), an attorney by trade, will come to the same conclusion with HB 141 – Unborn Child Protection Amendments.
HB 141 would require that a woman, upon making the decision to have an abortion be informed of “the possibility that a medication-induced abortion may be reversed, but [that] time is of the essence.”
Stratton, who attended law school and not medical school, is, at best, requiring that a patient be given medical information that is scientifically unproven and, at worst, adding a level of mental anguish to a woman that is leaps and bounds worse than what HB 107 could have done if successful.
It appears that Stratton (who, by the way, is not a doctor) consulted with Dr. Google and found unsubstantiated evidence of an “emergency abortion pill reversal kit” that could reverse the effects of RU-486 (also known as Mifepristone). RU-486 works by blocking the pregnancy hormone, Progesterone, thereby creating a barren environment for the fetus, ultimately depriving it of the nutrients it needs to grow. The reversal kit, it is claimed, essentially floods the body with excess Progesterone, overwhelming the effects of RU-486 and allowing the fetus to once again have a more conducive womb to grow.
Exactly one study reviewed the claims of an RU-486 reversal treatment and found that, of a sample size of six patients, four patients were able to reverse the intended effects of RU-486 – contingent on the fact low doses of RU-486 were administered in the first place and that the fetus was further along in the pregnancy. A review of the study would note that the initial study had poor quality and incomplete data (most likely due to the extremely small sample size). Despite this, reports of the reversal drug were rampant and often featured differing accounts of the sample size and result, with no formal studies provided.
In short, Keven Stratton Esq. (not Dr.) wants to require, by law, that a woman be given medical advice based on a claim that has been tested on half as many people as have walked on the Moon. Make no mistake, if HB 141 becomes law, women will make the decision to reverse an abortion based on the claims of snake-oil salesmen and they will suffer complications (undoubtedly some severe or fatal) because of it.
Ultimately, we can only assume that if HB 141 passes, full medical marijuana will sail through the legislature this session – after all, lawmakers to date have often called for further study of that widely available and often used drug and its possible effects on people. If they don’t, they might just be a touch selective in picking and choosing what they determine to be valid information.
To contact Representative Stratton, click here or call 801-836-6010 (Cell)
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