Although Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) claims that they stand for “a woman’s right to chose,” the organization tweeted last week condemning women’s choice to have an “Abortion Reversal.”
PPFA was referring to a procedure discovered by two pro-life doctors that has reversed the effects of the “abortion pill,” RU-486, and saved lives.
Arkansas enacted a law in 2016 saying that women must be informed when they are given the abortion pill that they can reverse a chemical abortion through this procedure. Other states are considering similar bills, according to The Independent.
Also, California’s Board of Registered Nursing recently allowed Heartbeat international (HLI) and National Institutes of Family and Life Advocates to train nurses in the reversal procedure, reported Pregnancy News, the news site for HLI.
On August 8, Planned Parenthood tweeted, “Don't EVER let this phrase fool you: ‘Abortion reversal’ is a flat-out false & dangerous myth.”
They linked to a story from Vice News titled, “Meet the doctor who convinces women he can ‘reverse’ abortions.” The report referred to Dr. George Delgado, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., and said he saved his first patient in 2009 by treating a woman with progesterone injections after she had taken the abortion pill.
Dr. Delgado, a family practitioner, is currently the medical director and co-founder of an organization called Abortion Pill Reversal (APR), a program of Culture of Life Family Services, a not-for-profit which offers family medicine and helps with unplanned pregnancies.
Among his many medical credentials, Delgado is board certified in family medicine and has been practicing since 1988. He also is a Natural Family Planning medical consultant and is trained in NaProTechnology at the Pope Paul VI Institute (Omaha, Nebraska).
He founded APR with Dr. Matthew Harrison, M.D., a resident of North Carolina who is a medical advisor for Priests for Life and also is the Medical Director of the student health clinic at Belmont Abbey College (NC).
On its website, APR has a hotline for women who have taken the abortion pill and regret their choice. APR puts callers in touch with a doctor near them in order to reverse the chemical abortion.
According to the Planned Parenthood website, a woman can take the abortion pill within 10 weeks of becoming pregnant. The chemical abortion actually is two pills. The first is mifepristone, a chemical which blocks the woman’s progesterone production in order to prevent the baby from living and growing. The second, misoprostol, is taken 24-48 hours later and evacuates the baby from the body.
Dr. Delgado and Dr. Harrison found that, by injecting the woman’s body with progesterone within 72 hours of taking the first pill, mifepristone, there is a significant chance that the baby will live. Progesterone combats the effects of mifepristone, but is unable to have an effect if the woman has taken the second pill.
Two days after the first post, PPFA posted on twitter, “Laws in some states force #doctors to tell this lie to patients but here’s the #truth—it’s unethical + dangerous.”
A story from a website called Popsugar with the headline “The Myth of ‘Abortion Reversal’ Is Making a Comeback — Here's Why It's Dangerous” accompanied the post. The story called the abortion reversal a “dangerous, unproven theory [which] continues to gain traction in a political climate hostile to women's rights.”
“We have now had over 300 births of babies who have had the Mifepristone reversed,” Delgado told LifeSiteNews.
Gabriel, the son of Andrea Minichini, is one of these success stories. After Andrea went to Planned Parenthood and took the mifepristone pill, she regretted her decision. After multiple people told her that the abortion pill could not be reversed and that she must take the second pill, she finally found the hotline at APR. She was put in touch with a local doctor who gave her the doses of progesterone.
According to the APR website, the procedure has a 55% success rate. Harrison told LifeSiteNews that he and Delgado will be publishing another study that shows a 60-70% success rate of the reversal procedure.
Dr. Harrison further 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.”
“If they are fighting for women's choice, then why don't they respect a woman's choice to change her mind and reverse her abortion?” he added.
As CNSNews.com previously reported, Planned Parenthood performed 328,348 abortion procedures in their 2015 “year” (Oct. 2014 to Sept. 2015).