BISMARCK — The North Dakota House easily passed a contentious bill requiring physicians to inform women that they could reverse drug-induced abortions, Monday, Jan. 28, a claim opponents have said isn’t supported by science.
The 73-16 vote sends House Bill 1336 to the Senate. Supporters said it would give women more information about having an abortion and their options if they change their mind, but opponents maintain it would intrude upon the doctor-patient relationship.
“This bill provides women with a fully informed choice,” said Rep. Kathy Skroch, R-Lidgerwood. "And for many women, a second choice, a second chance."
Tammi Kromenaker, director of the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, the state's only abortion clinic, previously said 28 percent of the clinic’s patients received a medication abortion in 2018. She told a House committee last week that she’s never had a patient request a “so-called medication abortion reversal.”
Rep. Mary Schneider, D-Fargo, cast doubts on "flawed" studies on the issue and said the bill would require doctors to spread a misleading message. She said the state has “a higher obligation to be truthful.”
The chief backer of House Bill 1336 is Rep. Daniel Johnston, R-Kathryn.
Four states have similar laws, including South Dakota, said Elizabeth Nash, senior state issues manager for the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights group.
The North Dakota House is also considering separate legislation outlawing a procedure that's typically performed in the second trimester of a pregnancy. That bill hasn't come up for a floor vote.
North Dakota passed what was described as the country's strictest abortion ban in 2013, but it was defeated in court.