Abortion Pill Reversal Study Published in Peer-Review Journal
In 2009, a pro-life obstetrician gynecologist in California, Dr. George Delgado, received a call about a woman who had taken the first of two abortion pills, desperately wished she could undo her initial decision, and was looking for help. He knew that mifepristone, the first pill, blocks the progesterone needed to sustain the pregnancy, so he suspected that simply prescribing progesterone may counteract the mifepristone. He was right, and the woman’s baby was saved! Since that time, many more babies have been saved by what is now known as the “abortion pill reversal” process (here is the story of a woman who had a successful pill reversal).
Click here to learn more about how the chemical abortion (the abortion pill) works.
Peer Reviewed Study
On April 4, 2018, a new study about the use of progesterone to reverse mifepristone was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Issues in Law and Medicine. The study found a 68% success rate with no birth defects.
Why It Matters
Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry have criticized the abortion pill reversal as junk science. In 2017, Pro-Life Utah worked with legislators to introduce bill HB 141, which requires that abortion providers to mention the possibility that a woman could choose to not complete their abortion if they changed their mind midway through a medical abortion.
This study supports bills like HB141 and increases the responsibility to ensure that women know about this option. Dr. Delgado has said that he will continue with randomized clinical trials to continue to establish the abortion pill reversal process as safe and effective. Despite opposition from the pro-choice side, this study and others to come will continue to verify that the abortion pill reversal process may be a safe and effective choice for a woman who regrets taking mifepristone.