COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House has approved a bill that would require doctors to tell women who seek medication to have an abortion that there is an unproven way to reverse the procedure.
The 71-29 vote on Wednesday sent the bill to the Senate, where its ultimate fate is unclear. There are just six legislative days left in the 2022 General Assembly’s regular session.
Chemical abortions require two drugs, and the bill would have doctors attach a statement to the prescription or other medical papers that says research has shown a pregnancy can be saved after the first pill is taken.
But several OB-GYNs testified during a subcommittee hearing that there is no clinical proof the procedure can be reversed, and attempts could endanger the life of the woman.
“We are not medical professionals in this chamber,” Democratic Rep. Beth Bernstein of Columbia, said, arguing against the bill.
The bill’s lead sponsor said she just wants to give a woman a choice if they regret taking the first of the two pills.
“To be a party of pro-choice is what the left touts all the time,” Rep. Melissa, Oremus, a Republican from Aiken, said. “But a woman has another choice, and they want to take that from her.”