What is abortion pill reversal and how does it work?
Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) is a groundbreaking new program fostered by Culture of Life Family Services in San Diego, California to reverse chemical abortions induced by the abortion pill. Dr. Matthew Harrison of Novant Health’s Rowan County Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina, pioneered the new process and performed the first successful abortion reversal in 2006.
According to their website, the reversal treatment is a sequence of progesterone injections that should take place within 72 hours after the woman has taken the first abortion pill – RU486 or mifepristone – and before she has taken the second abortion pill – Cytotec.
“The way the abortion pill works is it essentially starves the baby by blocking the natural hormone that’s in the woman’s body, which is progesterone, thereby breaking the connection between the placenta and the uterus disrupting nutrients to the baby, causing death.” Dr. Harrison told Fox 46. “This is followed 48-72 hours later with Cytotec which induces labor. What progesterone does, the treatment we give her, is it puts extra hormones into her system, the natural hormone that’s already in her system, and it floods her system with progesterone so the abortion pill doesn’t work.”
The Abortion Pill Rescue Network (APRN) includes 450 physicians in the U.S. in addition to providers in 11 other countries to assist women that call their helpline. The helpline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In Illinois specifically, there happen to be a number of physicians in the APR program.
Regardless of her location, any woman who changes her mind and wants to save her baby’s life is encouraged to call the 24 hour/7 days a week hotline as soon as she can. Hotline nurses will be able to answer any immediate questions and help connect her with the closest medical professional as soon as possible.
The hotline number is (877)-558-0333.
For more information on the APR program, you can visit their website abortionpillreversal.com.