State Sen. Joni Albrecht

State Sen. Joni Albrecht 

Sen. Joni Albrecht of Thurston introduced legislation Friday that would require medical personnel to inform patients who are seeking abortions through medication that the process can be reversed if the patient subsequently decides to change her mind.

Albrecht said she already has 24 senators on board as co-sponsors. 

Rebekah Buell Hagan, 24, of Roseville, California, joined about a dozen senators and anti-abortion advocates at a news conference in the Capitol Rotunda to tell her story of changing her mind, reversing the procedure and subsequently welcoming the birth of Zacharia, a baby boy.

"I am so grateful," she said.

Hagan said she already was a single mother with a 10-month-old baby when she learned she was pregnant.

"I was completely alone and terrified," she said. "Out of fear and panic, I decided to have a chemical abortion."

Before taking a second medication that would have completed the abortion process, Hagan said, she changed her mind.  

"Oh, my goodness," she said, "I thought 'What did I just do?' I was scared, ashamed, sad."

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When Hagan was told that she could take a different medication administered through a medical protocol that could reverse the abortion process and allow the mother to give birth to a healthy baby, she said she seized the opportunity.  

Hagan said she is married and the mother of Zacharia, now 5, and his older brother.

Albrecht said her bill provides an opportunity for "a second chance" in case a woman changes her mind about an abortion after already beginning the chemical process.

The legislation would help complete and strengthen the principle of informed consent, she said. 

Fifty-five percent of abortions performed in Nebraska are performed through medication.

Albrecht distributed literature suggesting there is "about a 25 percent chance that the unborn child will survive mifepristone," the initial drug that is administered to perform a chemical abortion. 

But if abortion pill reversal protocol is implemented, "the unborn child's chance of survival increases to 64 to 68 percent," according to the literature.

"This legislation would simply require that when a woman goes in for an abortion, she must be given all the information she needs to make a truly informed decision, including the information she needs to find help if she changes her mind," the literature distributed in support of the bill stated.  

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