New method to ‘reverse’ abortions causes outrage at Planned Parenthood
ESCONDIDO, California, August 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Planned Parenthood is telling women that abortion reversal is a “myth,” despite over 300 documented cases of women having successfully reversed their chemical abortions.
The abortion giant tweeted earlier this month:
Don't EVER let this phrase fool you: "Abortion reversal" is a flat-out false & dangerous myth. https://t.co/l89qNUdqlZ— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) August 8, 2017
The abortion industry has stepped up its opposition to abortion reversal after California’s Board of Registered Nursing announced last month that state nurses could begin training on how to perform the procedure.
A chemical abortion (RU-486) abortion involves two drugs taken at different intervals that alter the woman’s body so she becomes chemically toxic to the new life within.
The first drug, Mifepristone, is a synthetic steroid taken orally that blocks her hormone progesterone. This shuts down her pregnancy-sustaining mechanism with the result that the developing baby, deprived of necessary life support, starves to death and becomes detached from her uterine wall.
The second drug, Misoprostol, is given a day or so later. It initiates powerful uterine contractions that cause the woman to expel her dead baby.
It is when the woman has taken only the first drug that an abortion reversal is possible. The procedure involves giving the woman supplemental progesterone (via injections) that counteracts the effects of the Mifepristone. The progesterone is given within 72 hours of the woman having begun her chemical abortion.
“By giving supplemental progesterone, the idea is that the extra progesterone out-competes the Mifepristone,” Dr. George Delgado, one of the doctors who pioneered the procedure, told LifeSiteNews.
Delgado said that the abortion industry is trying to discredit abortion reversal because it puts abortion in a bad light, which is ultimately bad for business.
“The abortion industry is a high revenue industry and they very much depend on the public perception of abortion being a relatively good thing, a good thing for women and a necessary thing,” he said.
“If people start to recognize that women do change their mind sometimes after starting the abortion process, well then, that casts into doubt whether or not abortion is truly a good thing, because if it were such a universally good thing, why would women change their minds and try to reverse it?” he added.
Delgado said the abortion reversal procedure is not only “scientific,” but there now exists a strong body of evidence that should make knowing about it a standard option for any woman who has begun a chemical abortion, and then changed her mind.
Earlier this year, Delgado along with two other doctors published an article in Law & Medicine titled Embryo Survival after Mifepristone: A Systematic Review of the Literature. The article examines existing research on the topic and highlights the link between progesterone and continuation of pregnancy.
“We have now had over 300 births of babies who have had the Mifepristone reversed,” Delgado told LifeSiteNews.
An online site spearheaded by Delgado called AbortionPillReversal.com has a hotline where woman seeking to reverse their chemical abortion can access a network of about 350 physicians throughout the U.S. to help them do so.
Delgado said his team is about to publish another scientific article that will make people “really take notice” of the effectiveness of the procedure.
“We have another study coming out that will have over 700 patients in it and our success rate is 60-70% in those studies,” Dr. Matthew Harrison, who developed the procedure along with Delgado, told LifeSiteNews.
Dr. Harrison said he knows another reason why abortion reversal “scares” the abortion industry.
“When they realize it is scientifically sound, which they must confess once our next papers are published, they will be asked to provide that care by the public since they are the ones providing the abortions,” he said.
“If they are fighting for women's choice, then why don't they respect a women's choice to change her mind and reverse her abortion?” he added.
Jewels Green, a former abortion facility worker, called Planned Parenthood’s stance against the procedure “anti-science.”
"If they're in the business of providing comprehensive women's health care as they claim, I don't know why Planned Parenthood would take such an anti-science stance,” she told LifeSiteNews.
Delgado said that abortion reversal is where he is making a “fundamental difference” as a doctor.
“I get a sense of gratitude that I've been able to help these women who are in very desperate situations. These are life or death situations for their babies, and, in some sense, very spiritually profound situations for these women who are trying to stop something they've already started, and something they see that they should not have done,” he said.
“So, to me, and my vocation as a physician it really is something where I can truly make a fundamental difference in the lives of at least two people, the mother and her unborn baby. So that really makes it all worthwhile for me,” he added.