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Ducey: bring on the 'voodoo' anti-abortion medicine

Mar 31, 2015

Arizona Republic

This is mostly about using the force of govenrment to force Cathi Herrod and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's fundamentalist Christian religion on the rest of us.

Cathi Herrod and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey seem to think abortion is a sin according to their religions beliefs and seem to want to force those Christian beliefs on the rest of us using government.

Ducey: bring on the 'voodoo' anti-abortion medicine

Laurie Roberts, The Republic | 5:43 p.m. MST March 30, 2015

Just a few days after the Arizona House voted to tell superintendents and teachers what they cannot do (speak on political issues), Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill telling doctors what they must do:

Practice what a pair of medical experts are calling "voodoo medicine".

Ducey today signed Senate Bill 1318, commanding that henceforth doctors must tell women that drug-induced abortions might be reversible, if only they take copious doses of a particular hormone.

And henceforth the state Department of Health Services must provide referrals to doctors who claim they can do what there is no science proving they can do.

Never mind that no other state requires such a thing. Or that a pair of actual physicians -- experts in the field who likely know a bit more about it than Ducey and the Center for Arizona Policy's Cathi Herrod -- say it's a bad and possibly dangerous idea.

One that isn't FDA approved or backed by science.

Cue: Dr. Ilana Addis, M.D., chairwoman of the Arizona Section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Dr. Julie Kwatra, legislative chair of the Arizona Section of ACOG.

"To have a medical abortion, a woman must take two drugs: mifepristone, followed 48 hours later by misoprostol. The advocates of abortion reversal claim that if a patient takes the first medication and wants to halt the process, then she would be referred to a physician who gives her high doses of progesterone to continue the pregnancy.

" Firstly, it should be noted that mifepristone when taken alone has a high failure rate, somewhere in the range of 46%. So if a woman decided not to continue the process, her pregnancy would continue over 50% of the time without any additional medications. There are no good, evidence-based studies on using additional progesterone to reverse abortions. The physicians who claim to do this do not work from any standard protocols, and, if they give high doses of progesterone to these patients, are not practicing according to the standard of care.

"Women's healthcare should be practiced by experts in the field and standards should be dictated by our national college. Medical care should not be decided by legislators, and certainly not by the special interest groups who pushed this legislation,"

"It is blatantly wrong for the State of Arizona to force doctors to counsel their patients about voodoo medicine, and wrong for the Department of Health Services to sanction these practices by publishing this information on their website. The rare woman who does regret her choice should not have to be subjected to unproven doses of an unnecessary hormone."

Their op-ed was published in the Arizona Capitol Times.

Herrod posted a twitter pic of Ducey signing the bill. Isn't that cozy?

I doubt it'll protect taxpayers when one of the state-referred voodoo docs produces unintended side effects in a patient. (That one's going to leave a mark on the public's purse.)

Presumably, Herrod is talking about the portion of the bill that bars women who get their insurance on the federal health care exchange from buying extra insurance that covers abortion.

Of course, the bill doesn't really protect taxpayers because federal law already bars the use of taxpayer money for abortion.

More likely, this bill will cost taxpayers a bundle as we inevitably head to court to defend another bad abortion bill.

Again, that is.