By Ingrid Duran, Director, NRLC Department of State Legislation
A chemical abortion, commonly known as RU-486, occurs when a mother is given a lethal cocktail of two powerful drugs. Mifepristone, typically given at the abortion facility, blocks progesterone, causing the lining of the uterus to break down. The second drug, misoprostol, usually taken at home (although pro-abortionists want women to be able to have the drug mailed to them at home) induces severe cramping and bleeding in order to expel the baby’s body.
Thanks to the ingenuity of pro-life physicians, however, there is now hope for those women who change their minds before taking the misoprostol. As you would expect, the abortion industry is furious.
The effort to halt chemical abortion was first launched by Dr. George Delgado and Dr. Matt Harrison, Medical Director of Abortion Pill Reversal and Associate Medical Director of Abortion Pill Reversal, respectively. They have found that it possible to save the unborn baby provided the woman has not taken the second of the two drugs that make up the chemical abortion regime.
Here’s how their technique works. First they perform an ultrasound to determine that the unborn child is still alive. When this is confirmed, they prescribe large amounts of progesterone for the duration of the first trimester to attempt to counter the impact of the Mifepristone. Progesterone has been safely diagnosed since the 1950s for women prone to miscarriage.
Since 2012, their organization has received thousands of calls from women who had changed their minds. And according to the Abortion Pill Rescue Network, “statistics show that more than 1,000 lives have been saved!” [https://www.heartbeatinternational.org/our-work/apr].
Arizona was the first state to enact a law providing information on abortion pill reversal. However, due to a legal challenge and court settlement, that law has been repealed and replaced with a weaker law. Since then Arkansas, South Dakota, Utah, Idaho, North Dakota, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Tennessee have followed suit. NRLC expects this will continue to be a trend in 2021 when most of the state legislatures convene.
Typically the law amend a state’s informed consent law to provide mothers with information about the possibility of halting the chemical abortion process. Customarily the law highly recommends that if a woman wants to offset the effects of the Mifepristone in an attempt to save her baby, she should contact a health care provider immediately.
At noted at the beginning, however, not all are happy about the possibility of saving unborn children. Surprise, surprise, pro-abortionists are feigning concern for women!
Recently, the pro-abortion media has gone above and beyond in writing articles attacking the abortion reversal process. Many of these radical supporters of abortion use terms like “unproven” and “junk science” and “sham” when describing the abortion reversal process and/or about the successes that Dr. Delgado and Dr. Harrison have experienced. One has to wonder why these so-called proponents of “choice” are so vehemently opposed to the possibility that a mother may change her mind and choose life.
Instead they rely on notorious pro-abortion authors in order to falsely claim that mothers never regret their decision to abort. We know this is a blatant lie because there are countless women who have testified in Congress, across state legislatures, and even within various post-abortion networks about the pain they still carry because they chose to abort.
We also know this is untrue because as noted above, the organization Abortion Pill Reversal reports over 1,000 babies have been saved.
Finally, don’t we owe it to these mothers to tell them of this of Abortion Pill Reversal? Isn’t that what “choice” is all about? Or is choice only validated when mothers get biased information that offers no hope at all?
The truth is the pro-abortion lobby is trying to cast doubt on the reversal process because they are abortion extremists who believe in the unfettered right to kill unborn children.
The possibility that when told, women may seek life, is a sign of hope and a direct threat to their abortion on demand mission.