Arizona Republicans Want Doctors to Tell Women That Some Abortions are Reversible

doctor-patientWords cannot express how sick and tired I am of having this debate over a woman’s right to have control over her own body. It’s absurd that we’re over 40 years removed from Roe v. Wade, where our Supreme Court ruled that every woman has the right to have an abortion, and we’re still having to fight those who continue to try to deny every woman their protected rights.


It’s especially ironic coming from a political party that tries to portray itself as simply trying to “protect” innocent lives; meanwhile, they’re the same exact party that’s often pushing for cuts to social programs – where children are the largest beneficiaries.

As many on the left say, Republicans claim to be “pro-life” – up until that life is born, then they couldn’t care less about it.

Needless to say, during the last 40+ years this nation has witnessed its fair share of absurdity from those on the right trying to do anything and everything they can to make it nearly impossible for women to have abortions. Since they can’t place an outright ban on abortions (that would be unconstitutional), Republican legislatures all across this country have done just about everything they possibly can to make a woman’s life a living hell if she wants or needs to get one. They’ve also resorted to “shaming” tactics, like highly invasive procedures such as forced sonograms that women must sit through before they’re allowed to have an abortion.

Well, lawmakers in Arizona are apparently trying to outdo almost all the crazy anti-abortion nonsense we’ve seen over the years with their latest attack on women’s rights. Besides trying to make it illegal for women to get an abortion through their health care provider if they happened to sign up for insurance using the federal marketplace, there’s also language in a bill passed by the state legislature that would allow doctors to tell women that certain abortion medications are “reversible” – despite the fact that there’s absolutely no scientific evidence to back that claim up.

Via Reuters:

“This is junk science, this is quack medicine,” said Senate Minority Leader Katie Hobbs, a Phoenix Democrat. “There is absolutely no evidence anywhere… that supports this as a valid medical procedure.”

Backers say there is ample evidence that the reversal is possible if acted upon quickly, though they provided no peer-reviewed studies to support that claim.

Yes, you read that correctly. If this bill becomes law (Arizona’s Republican governor will most likely sign it), doctors in Arizona will soon be able to tell women that some abortions are reversible – even though there’s absolutely no credible scientific data to support such a claim.


Not only that, but let’s say there was a way to possibly reverse what some abortion pills do to terminate pregnancies – doesn’t that seem as if doing so would greatly increase the risk of babies being born with horrific medical conditions or defects?

These are the kinds of stories that are so preposterous that they’re almost funny – until you realize these people are toying with the lives of women in their state and across the country. The fact remains that these kinds of absurd bills are direct and blatant attacks on the protected rights of every woman in this nation.

Though one might think that, after 40+ years of fighting against banning abortions and losing, Republicans would simply realize they’re on the wrong side of history again. Then again, when do facts or reality ever deter a Republican from believing in something that seems to only exist in whatever delusional alternate universe they’ve created in their own mind?




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Jim Bean

    I absolutely respect ‘the right of a woman to have complete control over her own body.’ What I’d love to see is more discussion of a woman’s obligation to begin exercising that complete control BEFORE the moment of conception. If there were more of that, it would go so very far towards extinguishing this social inferno.

    • ksgurl

      I’m sure they would like to, but that too is a constant struggle. Lack of coverage for certain methods of birth control, lack of proper sex education, lack of community support in addressing the challenges that face those most likely to access abortion services. Teaching abstinence before marriage, though a noble effort, is contradictory to everyone’s basic biological urges. Urges that begin during the onset of puberty, where impulse control is lacking. Education, access and support would be more effective in the long run in decreasing abortions.

  • bestfriend

    Arizona also has crazy laws to go after men who chose not to be held accountable for children they didn’t want.