Most of us have, at one time or another.
The danger comes when we pop a pill before we’ve explored all our real options. That’s especially dangerous in issues of life and death.
Katrina’s Next Choice
For a woman named Katrina, taking a pill or two seemed much easier to handle than the constant pressure from her boyfriend to abort the baby he didn’t want. But giving in to his demands only made things worse.
Katrina recalls, “The second I actually took the pill, it hit me—‘I can’t believe that my selfishness is really getting the best of me and allowing me to murder an unborn child because of my own selfish reasons and because someone else is getting in my head.’”
Fortunately for Katrina, she quickly found out about a new procedure called Abortion Pill Reversal. She called the hotline, got connected with a doctor, and was able to save the life of her child—a little boy she named Gabriel. (You can read her whole story here.)
How Abortion Pill Reversal Works
The Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) procedure involves giving several doses of progesterone, a technique doctors have been using for years to prevent miscarriage. Progesterone is the body’s natural hormone that supports pregnancy.
In an abortion by medication, the first “abortion pill” taken—mifepristone, or RU-486—works to end pregnancy by blocking a woman’s progesterone receptors. But when the APR procedure floods her body with progesterone soon enough, it can compete with the mifepristone, win the battle for receptors, and preserve a healthy pregnancy.
However, this must be done before taking the second abortion pill—misoprostol, or Cytotec—which causes contractions meant to expel the remains of the baby.
Here’s how the APR process goes:
- Within the first 24 hours (or more) of taking mifepristone, a pregnant woman can call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline at (877) 558-0333.
- A nurse will ask a few questions to find out if reversal is possible in her case.
- If the woman so chooses, the nurse will connect the woman with a doctor in her area.
- An ultrasound will be done as soon as possible to be sure the baby is still living.
- The medical provider will administer the first dose of progesterone (by injection, orally, or vaginally).
- Doses will continue throughout the first trimester of pregnancy.
Fifty-five percent of the time, APR treatments succeed in counteracting the abortion pill and enabling the woman to carry and deliver her healthy baby.
For more details on Abortion Pill Reversal, read this.
What This Means for You
Should you or a friend of yours start to terminate a pregnancy through medical abortion and then come to regret that move, it may not be too late.
Call the Abortion Pill Reversal 24-hour hotline at (877) 588-0333 and find out what can still be done.
Near our area (Redwood and Renville counties, Minnesota), there are already four providers trained in the procedure: two in Jackson and Windom, Minnesota, and two in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
And no matter what, know that the next number you can call is ours, at Choices Pregnancy Center.
Call 507-637-2534 or text 507-589-4272.
We’re here to walk with you through all the choices that surround pregnancy,
offering compassionate support, personalized education, and practical help.
Because at Choices Pregnancy Center, “pregnancy” is our middle name,
but love for you is at the heart of all we do.
Outside our area?
Call OptionLine 24/7:
Text “HELPLINE” to 313131, or call 1-800-712-4357
to talk with someone who cares about you
and connect with a pregnancy resource center nearby.