AL State Rep Wants Women To Take Abortion-Inducing Medicine Under A Doctor’s Supervision (UPDATE) | An Alabama state legislator has proposed a bill that would require women to take medication that induces abortion under a doctor’s supervision in order to protect life, he said. State Rep. Gerald Allen (R), who once proposed banning any book that “promotes homosexuality” to “protect Alabamians,” is sponsoring the bill, which a Senate committee approved Wednesday. The legislation would also require follow-up visits to ensure the medication was effective. This is a measure that unfairly disenfranchises rural women and endangers access for women to the abortion drug RU-486.
The original version of this post said the bill would require women to take emergency contraception in a doctor’s presence, which was incorrect. Sources consulted incorrectly conflated abortion-inducing medicine with the morning after pill, which prevents pregnancy but does not cause an abortion.