State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, has introduced the Women’s Right to Know Act – establishing additional tools for pregnant women.
House Bill 5086 provides information about lifesaving abortion reversal pills as well as heartbeat and miscarriage awareness, while creating a website with information on prenatally diagnosed conditions.
“I expect this bill to earn bipartisan support, as it simply gives women who are pregnant, access to educational material and access to additional resources,” Allor said. “Hopefully, with more complete information, more women will choose life for their unborn child.”
Chemical abortions are now the most common method abortion in Michigan, accounting for over half of the nearly 30,000 abortions performed last year. The chemical abortion procedure consists of two pills taken 24-48 hours apart. However, if a woman changes her mind after taking the first of pill but before taking the second, a treatment can be used to reverse the effects of the first pull and potentially save the life of the unborn child. Allor’s plan requires abortion providers to disclose this procedure as an option when women choose to have a chemical abortion.
The legislation also requires abortion providers to check for a fetal heartbeat prior to an abortion. Based on a variety of factors, approximately 20 percent of all confirmed pregnancies end in natural miscarriage before 12 weeks gestation – and data shows the vast majority of abortions in Michigan are performed on babies below 12 weeks. A percentage of these abortions may be unnecessary due to natural miscarriage, and checking for a heartbeat allows for specificity and the mother to have as much information as possible on the baby.
Lastly, Allor’s plan requires the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to create a website with medically accurate information about prenatally diagnosed conditions and support groups. Doctors who diagnose and disclose a fetal anomaly would be required to provide this information to expectant mothers. Often, babies diagnosed with disabilities are aborted – including over 65 percent of all babies diagnosed in-utero with Down syndrome.
HB 5086 has been asked to be referred to the Health Policy Committee for further consideration.
Rep. Allor, who chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, says the 2023 budget approved by the full House Wednesday protects farmers dealing with a mandated TB quarantine while curbing bureaucracy.