Judge halts Colorado’s abortion-pill reversal ban while Catholic nurses’ lawsuit proceeds — By: Catholic News Agency

Bella Health + Wellness in Englewood, Colorado. / Credit: Jonah McKeown/CNA

Denver, Colo., Oct 23, 2023 / 18:50 pm (CNA).

A Denver-area medical clinic can continue to help women reverse unwanted chemical abortions despite a state ban after a judge issued a temporary injunction Saturday.

Mother and daughter Dede Chism and Abby Sinnett, nurse practitioners who run Bella Health + Wellness in Englewood, Colorado, claim in their ongoing federal lawsuit that the state’s law forbidding health care workers from administering a hormone pill that can reverse chemical abortions violates the First Amendment rights of their clients and their medical practice.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Domenico, a Trump appointee, granted their request on Oct. 21 to reinstate a temporary hold on the law. Colorado has 30 days to appeal the decision to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

A chemical abortion involves taking two pills. The first, mifepristone, prevents the necessary supply of progesterone from reaching the unborn baby. The second, misoprostol, causes the body to expel the baby’s body. If a woman has only taken the first pill, she can take progesterone to reverse its effects.

Chism and Sinnett argue in their complaint that they “sincerely believe that they are religiously obligated to assist any woman facing a threat of miscarriage who requests their help, whether that risk arises biologically, due to physical trauma, or because she willingly or unwillingly took the first abortion pill.”

Becket, a religious liberty law firm, is representing them in the case, Bella Health and Wellness v. Weiser.

“We are relieved and overjoyed to continue helping the many women who come to our clinic seeking help,” the two women said in a joint statement after the judge’s order.

“Bella has helped multiple women continue their pregnancies with progesterone after they had taken the first abortion pill,” Becket attorney Rebekah Ricketts told CNA. “In fact, since this lawsuit began, one abortion pill reversal patient under Bella’s care gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Three other women who received abortion pill reversal treatment under Bella’s care are scheduled to give birth this fall.”

“A win for Bella in this case means that religious health care providers can operate in accordance with their religious convictions and women across the state will not have to undergo unwanted abortions,” Ricketts continued. “That’s important for the preservation of the law, common sense, and basic human decency.”

Bella Health + Wellness not only provides abortion reversal but also offers primary care, gynecology, infertility help, and surgery for women’s health as well as pediatric care and men’s health care.

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