House Bill 1577 Goes Into Effect on July 1

Indianapolis, Indiana – Today, a coalition of pro-abortion groups led by All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center sued the State of Indiana concerning House Bill 1577. This new law, which was signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb last month, forces abortion clinics to provide women seeking chemical abortions with information on progesterone, which can reverse such abortions if taken at the right time.

On the challenge to the new law, Indiana Right to Life President Mike Fichter said:

“We’re not surprised by this challenge to H.B. 1577, as pro-abortion groups will stop at nothing to keep women from getting the truth about abortion pill reversal. H.B. 1577 provides a rational approach to supplying women with factual information about abortion pill reversal. There is great irony in the lead plaintiff having ‘all options’ in its name while suing to deny women the right to know about the option of abortion pill reversal. We thank Gov. Holcomb for signing H.B. 1577 into effect and look forward to this law having its day in court.”

The new law is set to go into effect on July 1, 2021.

Chemical abortion has recently been on the rise in Indiana, which is why H.B. 1577 is such welcome news to IRTL. According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, chemical abortions made up 44% of the total abortions in Indiana in 2019 (the last year for which there is data) and increased by nearly 2% from the previous year.

In abortion pill reversal, the hormone progesterone, which a woman’s body naturally makes, is used to counter the effects of the abortion drug mifepristone.