I know I made the right call, says mum who reversed abortion pill
A young American mum has spoken of her despair after she was convinced to take the controversial RU-486 abortion pill at a Planned Parenthood clinic – and immediately regretted it.
“I was crying and I was alone,” recalled Chaveste, a 20-year-old college student who lives in the Sacramento area.
Salvation came from that most unlikely of sources – a smartphone.
“Thank God for smartphones,” she told Catholic San Francisco. Sitting in her car outside Planned Parenthood, “I googled ‘RU-486’ and found a website for RU-486 reversals.
She thought it was fake but called anyway and even though the website was for an organisation in San Diego, the woman at the end of the phone found a doctor nearby to help her.
As a result of her quick intervention Chaveste was able to save her unborn baby – because of a recently developed medical protocol that has been able to save more than half of babies whose mothers had been administered the first pill for an RU-486 chemical abortion and received the reversal therapy.
Her son, Zechariah, turns one on the 20th October and is the love of her life, she says. “Every time I look at him I know I made the right decision; it was the best call I ever made.”
Chaveste’s story is one the abortion industry would like to dimiss, pro-life spokesmen in the United States claim.
“The conventional wisdom of the abortion industry is that there is no way to stop the RU-486 procedure once it is started. This, however, turns out to be false. Chemical abortions can be reversed and the procedure has been effective in more than 23 states to date, including California,” said Vicki Evans, the archdiocese of San Francisco Respect Life co-ordinator.
“There have been more than 50 deliveries of healthy babies with no birth defects after the reversal protocol and more than 100 other women are pregnant with apparently normal pregnancies after successful reversals,” said Dr. George Delgado, medical director of Culture of Life and its Abortion Pill Reversal Programme.
The RU-486 medical abortion procedure is a two-day regimen. First the mother takes RU-486, which blocks the hormone progesterone needed to sustain a pregnancy. Then two days later a prostaglandin, or misoprostol, drug is taken to expel the foetus.
Women who choose medical abortion and regret it within the first two days before they take the second drug have a chance to save their baby. For the reversal, doctors administer mega-doses of progesterone to counter the effects of RU-486. These big doses act as an antidote to mifepristone, replacing the progesterone that the mifepristone blocks.
There are about 200,000 RU-486 abortions each year in the U.S. The reversal option has galvanised pro-life campaigners, who now picket Planned Parenthood clinics. “We stand outside and tell mothers it is not too late to change their minds,” said one campaigner.