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Area senator introduces pro-woman, pro-life legislation

January 13, 2019

LINCOLN — A Northeast Nebraska state senator introduced proposed legislation Friday that would add a new section to Nebraska’s informed consent law to include information to help women access the abortion pill reversal process.

“I am proud to introduce a pro-woman, pro-information, pro-life, and pro-choice bill that will benefit all women who, after beginning the abortion pill process, want a second chance at choice,” said Sen. Joni Albrecht of Thurston, who represents District 17.

Legislative Bill 209, if passed, would require that when a woman walks into an abortion facility, she must be given all the information she needs to make a truly informed choice about her pregnancy, Albrecht said. That includes the information she needs to find help and reversal treatment if she happens to change her mind after taking mifepristone, known as the abortion pill.

At a press conference Friday here, Albrecht was joined by Rebekah Buell Hagan, who saved her child through the abortion pill reversal process, and Teresa Kenney, a nurse practitioner.

Hagan described her experience after beginning the abortion pill process.

“By the time I walked to my car (after taking the first pill), I felt the kind of grief that can only be described as a mother grieving the loss of her very wanted child,” Hagan said.

“I turned to my phone looking for a way out. I discovered I was not the first girl to feel regret. I found the Abortion Pill Reversal website. The people who answered the hotline were kind and understanding and explained the reversal process to hopefully save my baby’s life.”

Hagan’s son was saved by the abortion pill reversal process and is now 5 years old.

In Nebraska, 55 percent of abortions are so-called “medication” abortions — those caused by abortion-inducing drugs. Recent studies have demonstrated it is possible to greatly increase the chance that a mother can save her baby if she begins a standardized abortion pill reversal protocol soon after ingesting the abortion pill.

Trained medical professionals, such as Kenney, are already successfully offering abortion pill reversal treatment across the United States, including in Nebraska.

“We all sometimes make decisions that we wish we could take back,” Albrecht said. “I introduced this bill because I believe every woman deserves to be given all the information she needs to make a truly informed choice.”

Several advocacy groups have offered their support for this bill and growing awareness of the abortion pill reversal process.

“Women deserve real choice. LB209 is not only pro-life, but pro-woman, pro-science, and pro-information, “said Karen Bowling, executive director, Nebraska Family Alliance. “Nebraska Family Alliance is proud to stand with Senator Albrecht in better protecting both women and unborn children in Nebraska.”

Others offering support are Julie Schmit-Albion, executive director of Nebraska Right to Life, and Lauren Garcia, spokeswoman for the Nebraska Catholic Conference.

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