Abortion Reversal Kit Leaves Doctors Unsure That It’s Safe
Women now have the opportunity to reverse their abortion halfway through if they no longer wish to have it. This isn’t for women who’ve had an in-clinic procedure (aspiration or dilation and evacuation). APR or Abortion Pill Reversal is a program that offers emergency abortion reversal kits for women who have taken the first half of the abortion pill, RU486. RU486 consists of two medications in which the second pill is taken 24-48 hours after the first pill is taken. The first pill blocks the hormone progesterone, which is needed to regulate pregnancy, and the second pill causes the uterus to empty resulting in abortion.
APR’s associate medical director, Matthew Harrison, MD tells Fox 46 how the kit works, “The treatment we give her…floods her system with progesterone so the abortion pill doesn’t work.” Essentially, it overrides the first half of the abortion pill. This means that the abortion reversal kit only works if the women has not yet taken the second half of the abortion pill. According to Yahoo, 137 women who’ve taken the kit’s treatment have given birth to healthy babies.
That’s all well and good that women have access to more choices with regards to their bodies; the only problem is that this choice might not be all that safe. There have been no clinical trials or studies to determine the safety or long-term effects of the treatment. Sherry Ross an OBGYN in Los Angeles, also states that the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists was “very unsupportive and concerned — they did not endorse it.” The procedure has not been proven and is still technically experimental, yet it is offered at over 300 providers across the U.S. Choosing the well-being of a fetus over the well-being of the mother is nothing new to this country though.
There is no way of knowing what the long-term effects this treatment has physically, nonetheless psychologically on the mother, but if it means saving the life of a 9-week fetus it’s worth it? Giving a woman the opportunity to change her mind if she’s having second thoughts is obviously very valuable, but not if it means risking her overall well-being and safety to do so.