Very helpful primer on “Abortion Pill Reversal”

By Dave Andrusko

LevatinoDEabortionNRL News Today and NRL News has each carried stories about “abortion pill reversal.” The most recent was on Monday.

Tip of the hat to Live Action News for posting on its Facebook page a link to a brief video describing how this technique works. The narrator is Dr. Anthony Levatino, who (he tells us) earlier in his career performed over 1,200 abortions.

For those new to the discussion, this is a technique that in some circumstances (depending mostly on very early intervention), a chemical abortion is not so much reversed as neutralized. How does it work?

The one, very small saving grace of all the publicity surrounding the FDA’s new protocol on “RU-486” is that the public is learning that this chemical abortion technique actually involves not one but two drugs, and if a doctor intervenes before the second set of pills are given, there may be a chance to save the baby.

Drug #1 is mifepristone. It works to block the action of progesterone, a naturally occurring hormone in the woman’s body necessary to maintaining the baby’s food supply, the effect of which is to starve the baby of nutrients.

The second drug, misoprostol, is taken by the woman a day or so later. The baby, often dead by this time, is expelled after the misoprostol (also known as Cytotec) triggers powerful uterine contractions.

To neutralize the impact of mifepristone [commercially known as Mifeprex]requires administering very large dosages of progesterone–flooding the system, so to speak, to compete with the mifepristone –the sooner the better.

Dr. Levatino’s video is only 3 minutes and 39 seconds long. It is a very handy primer.

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