Women's Right to Know Act
H.B. 5086 – Rep. Sue Allor
On June 24, 2021, testimony was heard on H.B. 5086 in the House Health Policy Committee. RLM and Dr. Christina Francis from the American Association of Prolife OB-GYNs testified in support of the bill. On June 22, 2021, H.B. 5086 and was introduced and referred to the House Health Policy Committee.
H.B. 5086 is a multi-section bill that would amend the public health code to add three new provisions. First the bill would require abortionists to give women seeking a chemical abortion information about the possibility of reversing the effects of the first of the two-part abortion pill regimen should she regret the abortion. The second part of the bill would require abortionists to attempt to detect a fetal heartbeat prior to performing an abortion and provide the woman with the likelihood of a natural miscarriage should a heartbeat not be detected. Lastly, the bill would provide for the creation of a prenatally diagnosed conditions information website which would contain medically accurate information about the condition and links to support networks. In addition, it would require doctors who diagnose prenatal issues to direct the parents to the website.
Chemical abortions are now the most common method of abortion performed in Michigan, accounting for 51.7% of all abortions in the state and representing 15,339 abortions last year. The abortion pill reversal (APR) protocol has been used successfully to save more than 2,000 babies from the effects of Mifepristone (the first of the two-pill abortion pill regimen). Abortion proponents claim the reversal technique is not proven or safe, but a large retrospective study showed APR has a 68% effectiveness rate and utilizes an extremely safe medication that has been used in pregnant women for over half a century.
15-20% of all confirmed pregnancies unfortunately end in natural miscarriage. However, a viable pregnancy can be confirmed by the presence of a fetal heartbeat, indicating the odds of miscarriage are less than 5%. Depending on the method used for detection, a fetal heartbeat can be visualized as early as 4-5 weeks gestation. Since 90% of all miscarriages happen in the first trimester, and 90% of all abortions do as well, it stands to reason that at least a certain percentage of those abortions may have been unnecessary due to a natural fetal loss. The abortion industry does not want to have to show a woman her baby’s heartbeat for two reasons. First women will sometimes change their minds about the abortion once they see the heartbeat, and second, if the pregnancy is not viable, the abortionist would lose the money he could charge for the abortion procedure if the woman would have naturally miscarried.
Too often when a woman is given a distressing prenatal diagnosis, the knee-jerk reaction from the medical community is to suggest abortion. Upwards of 70-80% of all prenatally diagnosed Down syndrome babies are aborted in the U.S., yet, parents of children with Down syndrome often report a positive experience raising their child, and studies have shown that people with Down syndrome are generally happier and more satisfied with their lives than the general public. Unfortunately, with newer non-invasive prenatal testing, “search and destroy” missions have become far more common. In some countries, the abortion rate for babies diagnosed with a genetic anomaly is nearly 100%.
Having both a realistic medical outlook and support can make the difference between a mother choosing life or abortion for her disabled child. For prenatally diagnosed anomalies which are fatal, such as anencephaly, abortion is almost universally accepted, when in reality, it is nothing more than euthanasia for the unborn child. Perinatal hospice is a program for helping prepare families for the death of their unborn child, yet most people have never heard of this program, and still fewer are referred to it as an alternative to abortion. Yet studies have shown that when a woman carries a child to term, even if the baby dies shortly after birth, the physical, mental and emotional outcome for the mom and the family is better than when abortion is chosen.
Each of the three parts of this bill have been previously introduced as individual bills. Combining them into the Women’s Right to Know Act makes sense because genuine informed consent begins with accurate and complete information. No part of the bill will ban abortions, but we know when women are given information and support, many will choose life. Abortion supporters have long fought to keep women in the dark about abortion. In fact, when the original Informed Consent for Abortion law was passed in 1993, the Abortion Industry sued to block the law from going into effect. It took more than 5 years in court before judges agreed that women have the right to know. So, it is no surprise that APR laws around the country have been met with similar lawsuits.