Arizona Passes Bill Requiring Doctors To Lie, Say Abortions Are “Reversible”

The state legislature of Arizona, the state that thinks it can get away with anything because it has the Grand Canyon, has just passed a ridiculous anti-abortion bill. Surprised? Probably not. After all, it’s Arizona.

The primary point of the bill, naturally, is to prevent the purchasing of any insurance plan through the federal marketplace that includes abortion coverage. You know, because it is definitely their business to tell you what you can do with the insurance you pay for yourself!

But wait, there’s more! The bill also requires abortion providers to lie to their patients and tell them that the effects of abortion medication are reversible. What purpose this serves, I am not entirely sure, but it’s there!

You see, when you have a medication abortion, you take two different pills–first, mifepristone and then misoprosto. George Delgado, a Christian doctor, claims that many patients have come to him desperately regretting having taken the first pill, and that he has miraculously unabortioned them by shooting them up with progesterone.

Except the thing is, the reason you take two pills is because the first one is not enough to cause an abortion. So, no, the progesterone shots are not doing anything.

Doctors would also be required to tell patients the following things, 24 hours before they undergo the abortion:

  • Alternatives to the procedure or treatment that a reasonable patient would consider material to the decision of whether or not to undergo the abortion.
  • The probable gestational age of the unborn child at the time the abortion is to be performed
  • The probable anatomical and physiological characteristics of the unborn child at the time the abortion is to be performed.
  • Medical assistance benefits may be available for prenatal care, childbirth and neonatal care.

That last one is actually pretty ironic–since, as Kalli Joy Grey at Wonkette points out– the state of Arizona is also working towards taking health care away from poor people! Which means that if they do that, there will not in fact be any medical assistance benefits for any of those things.

It’s hard to imagine what these people are thinking when they come up with all of these things at once. Are they thinking “Oh, OK. So we’ll make it really hard to be able to afford an abortion unless you have a lot of money, and then, we will also make it impossible to afford actually giving birth to the child as well! I bet if we do all this, plus make birth control as unaffordable as possible, poor people will definitely just stop having sex altogether and then all of our problems will be solved!”? I don’t really know.

I don’t know what lying about the “reversibility” of medication abortions is actually supposed to accomplish, other than patients losing confidence in their ability to trust their doctors to tell them the truth about important medical decisions they are making. Because really, even from an anti-choice standpoint, it doesn’t make a ton of sense.

The bill still needs to be approved by the conservative Republican Governor Doug Ducey, who will likely be more than happy to sign it.

[Washington Post]

[Slate]

[Wonkette]