Congressman Lamborn Introduces Second Chance at Life Act

January 28, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Yesterday, Congressman Doug Lamborn introduced the Second Chance at Life Act requiring abortion facilities to provide women seeking chemical abortions information about the possibility of reversing the effects of the procedure. This legislation requires abortion providers to inform a patient at least 24 hours in advance that the chemical abortion process may be reversible even after administering the first drug of a two-drug procedure. 

Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement: 

The Second Chance at Life Act provides hope for babies whose mothers deserve the opportunity to make a fully informed decision on any abortion. Chemical abortions can be reversed with zero harm to the child if the pregnant mother develops second thoughts midway through the abortion process. Incredibly, abortion pill reversals over the last eight years have given the gift of life to 2,000 babies. My legislation will give opportunities for life for thousands more unborn children. I call on Speaker Pelosi to bring this legislation to the floor to allow pregnant mothers to be fully informed before making the decision to have a life-ending abortion.

Summary of Second Chance at Life Act

-Requires abortion providers administering chemical abortions to provide specified information about the possibility of reversing the effects of such procedure.
-A patient must be informed at least 24 hours in advance that reversing a chemical abortion may be possible after administering the first drug of a two-drug procedure.
-After the first drug is administered, the physician must provide written discharge instructions to the patient that state it may be possible to reverse the abortion procedure before the second drug is taken, among other information.
-Such information also must be conspicuously posted inside the office or waiting area of clinics that provide chemical abortions.
-This legislation is supported by the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, National Right to Life, Family Research Council, and the Susan B. Anthony List.

Christina Francis, with the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued the following statement:   

"As a professional medical organization representing women's healthcare providers, we support fully informed consent for all women, including women choosing to undergo medication abortion.  Women frequently make the decision to have an abortion under pressure - whether it be from circumstances or another person - and often after beginning the process, regret doing so.  Abortion pill rescue provides an opportunity for these women to exercise the choice of trying to save their unborn child, and women deserve to know that this option exists and is highly effective.  The Second Chance at Life Act will help ensure that any woman seeking a medication abortion will be given this very important information."

Jennifer Popik, Legislative Counsel with the National Right to Life Committee issued the following statement:   

"The National Right to Life Committee commends Congressman Lamborn on his leadership for introducing the Second Chance at Life Act of 2021. This protective legislation will require that a woman be informed that the effects of the chemical abortion pill can potentially be reversed in order to save her baby if she changes her mind after taking it. Ten states have enacted this legislation: Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee and Utah.  To date, over 2000 babies have been saved by the Abortion Pill Reversal protocol. National Right to Life strongly supports the Second Chance at Life Act."

Mary Szoch, Director of the Center for Human Dignity, Family Research Council issued the following statement:   

The abortion industry continues to exploit vulnerable women through the use of chemical abortions early in pregnancy.  The pro-abortion movement is dishonest about the impact of the abortion drug on a woman’s physical and mental health.  After taking the abortion pill, many women change their minds.  Fortunately, there is a possibility that the procedure can be reversed before it is completed. Representative Lamborn has been a leader in the effort to ensure that all women who undergo a chemical abortion can have a change of heart and give their unborn baby a second chance at life.” 

The Susan B. Anthony List issued the following statement:

The risky business of chemical abortion often leaves women wounded, alone, and experiencing regret. Rep. Lamborn has taken an urgent step forward to help these mothers by strengthening informed consent and requiring abortion businesses to tell women about abortion pill reversal. This life-saving protocol has already saved more than 2000 children.

Contact: Cassandra Sebastian (719) 520-0055