When a doctor saved the lives of two patients in 2018, he wasn’t expecting the hospital to respond by hauling him before an Institutional Review Board for an investigation. But that is exactly what happened.
Why? Because he helped a pregnant woman save the lives of her twins by reversing the effects of an abortion pill that she regretted taking. Like many others, the Review Board didn’t know enough about the life-saving treatment the doctor used to understand its legitimacy.
The doctor simply prescribed the mother progesterone, a natural hormone needed for a healthy pregnancy. For decades, doctors have prescribed progesterone to pregnant women to help prevent miscarriages or preterm labor. In this case, the doctor was just using progesterone to try to counteract the effects of an abortion pill in a process known as “abortion pill reversal.”
Here’s what you need to know about abortion pill reversal.
According to Heartbeat International, which operates a helpline around the clock for women seeking abortion pill reversal, statistics show that more than 1,000 lives have been saved after pregnant women received this treatment. Praise God!
And yet, that hasn’t stopped the abortion industry and its allies from attacking abortion pill reversal, calling it a “dangerous myth.”
But what’s so dangerous about saving lives? Could it be that the abortion industry simply doesn’t care about the lives of the women and children who come through their doors, as they claim to? Or that they really aren’t about “choice” at all unless that choice ends the life of a child? Or that they don’t want women to have information that could hurt their bottom line?
After all, Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers have publicly advocated against commonsense laws that promote women’s safety. Such laws may simply require abortion facilities to comply with the same health and safety standards as similar outpatient surgical centers. These include standards such as having hallways wide enough for a gurney, adequate staffing, and proper sterilization procedures.
In fact, the abortion industry recently challenged a commonsense law in Louisiana that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital—a requirement that applies equally tootherdoctors at ambulatory surgical centers. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court struck down this law.
As one of my colleagues so aptly asked, “Why would the abortion industry, which touts that abortion is ‘safe’ and seeks to provide women the ‘highest medical care possible,’ object to laws that actually ensure the safest protections for women?”
Worse yet, why do abortionists continue to have insufficient oversight, and even actively oppose measures that would ensure they are protecting women’s safety, while a doctor who takes steps to defend life—at the mother’s request—is hauled before a hospital review board?
It doesn’t get much more backward than that.
Doctors have a duty to defend and uphold life—to “do no harm.” When doctors provide abortion pill reversal, they are simply acting in accord with that pledge and at the mother’s request.
Thankfully, the Institutional Review Board recognized this reality after reviewing the scientific facts and evidence, determining that the doctor provided reasonable care. Even more exciting is that the abortion pill reversal treatment worked, and this mother gave birth to healthy twins!
Knowledge of abortion pill reversal is growing. In fact, some states, such as North Dakota, have an informed consent law that requires abortion providers to tell women about abortion pill reversal prior to providing a chemical abortion.
The American Medical Association—which has a strong pro-abortion bias—has filed a lawsuit against North Dakota’s law. But ADF intervened in the lawsuit on behalf of Heartbeat International to help ensure that women are informed. Physicians must provide crucial information to their patients about procedures and alternatives, and abortionists should not be exempt from that standard.
Ultimately, abortion pill reversal is something we should all be able to celebrate. After all, a successful abortion pill reversal saves a life (or in this case, two lives!) and gives women a chance to make a different choice—and an opportunity to avoid the lifelong regret that many women experience after an abortion.