Are Abortion Reversals Science Or Scam?
May 16, 2017 | Published first in The Federalist
“The light of our life.” “My little girl is the joy of my life and I truly don’t know what I would do without her.” “There is a new light in my home that brings a smile to everyone in my family and I would not change it for the world.” “Active, precocious and healthy.”
These are just a few of the ways families describe some of the hundreds of their children almost lost to abortion. Those children may well owe their lives to a promising new medical protocol called abortion reversal, which may increase in demand due to the new ten-week abortion pill.
Abortion reversal refers to halting a chemical abortion, an abortion caused by ingesting a drug. The abortion pill first made headlines when the French government approved RU-486 for sale in 1988. In September 1990, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the abortion pill to terminate pregnancies up to seven weeks old. Then in 2016, the FDA expanded the label to include terminating pregnancies up to ten weeks.
Sold in the United States under the brand name Mifeprex and generically known as mifepristone, the abortion pill, as the FDA explained, “is used, together with another medication called misoprostol, to end an early pregnancy.” Mifeprex, which is taken first, binds to a woman’s progesterone receptors, blocking progesterone from the uterine lining. Progesterone deficiency causes the uterine lining to break down, depriving the embryo of the nutrients necessary to live.
Twenty-four to forty-eight hours later, the woman takes the second drug, misoprostol. This drug induces uterine contractions, which expel the now-dead embryo (or fetus, depending on the stage of human development, as Mifeprex is also used off-label for second-trimester abortions). While French pharmaceutical company Roussel-Uclaf developed Mifeprex to cause abortions, first testing its chemical actions in vitro (in labs) and later running clinical trials, the abortion reversal protocol developed by happenstance, necessity—and prayer.
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