The following is a June 9 story by Kevin Kennedy of 12 News, Phoenix. For other California Catholic Daily stories on the Abortion Pill Reversal Procedure, see Miracle Baby and Abortion Pill Reversal.
Dr. George Delgado never thought of himself as controversial or polarizing, but as he prepares to speak at a conference put on by First Way Pregnancy Center that’s what he has become.
Delgado is at the center of the debate over the use of the so-called, “abortion reversal pill,” that allows woman to halt the effects of a medical abortion.
Delgado defends the pill calling it safe and effective.
“I just thought this was a way to give women who changed their mind a second chance,” he said.
The topic has become a hot button issue in Arizona ever since Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill requiring abortion providers to inform woman of the option when seeking a medical abortion.
Three Arizona doctors and Planned Parenthood have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the new law. Opponents say the law would require doctors to lie to patients, forcing them to provide information that is not scientifically proven or FDA approved.
Delgado and supporters point to a pill that has reversed the effects and allowed more than 100 healthy births to take place.
Vanessa Garcia says she is grateful for Dr. Gregory Delgado. “I’m grateful for it, I’m grateful to God,” she said. The young Arizona mother talked with 12 News as she fed her new baby girl Diana, who is one-month-old. “The fact that I could reverse that process, I mean, she’s [Diana] my life now.”
Also at the conference was Candy Campama. Almost seven months ago Campama started the process of aborting her child, the night after taking the RU-486 pill to abort her child she changed her mind.
“I just felt I made the wrong decision and tried to find help,” Campama said. After a quick search of the internet she found Delgado. “It’s just a blessing to know there is help out there for (me) and other young girls.”
The expectant mother is 26 weeks into her pregnancy and says so far everything is going well.
On Monday night as Delgado spoke to a group of people inside the Phoenix Diocese a small group of protesters marched outside. Holding signs that read, “No to junk science” they quietly protested the medicine behind it and the law set to take effect in Arizona.
“Politicians should not be telling what my doctor can tell me,” Rada Bittner said.
The law would be the first of its kind in the U.S.
Some people want these children dead at any price and by any means. They are okay with ripping apart or burning to death by saline a child in the womb but call reversing a deadly procedure “junk” science. Thus pill (the abortion pill) is not safe for women either. What they forget is that sooner or later what goes around comes around. We reap what we sow.
The problem is that to prove this reversal drug “safe and effective” you pretty much have to use it under field conditions. Because, a controlled experiment would be completely unethical.
Another problem is what is the birth defect rate? What is the risk to the mother? The way around this might be to simply warn potential users of the risks and lack of data and allow them to make a decision.
If a women wants the reversal drug, she already knows that whatever its “risks,” it’s a much better bet than those of RU-486 which is deadly and will kill the child and maybe her also.
The whole point I was making, the risks aren’t known. And that any trial would be unethical except under actual conditions: i.e. woman takes morning after pill and then changes her mind.
We can’t simply presume it’s safer than RU-486.
I think Life Lady answered you question in her post at 3:13 am on June 15, today. Thank you Life Lady.
And the whole point I was making is that the reversal pill wasn’t designed to kill, while RU-486 was. Based on that alone, by definition the reversal pill is presumptively safer at least for the child. Your point was not difficult to understand, I got it, I just don’t think much of it.
I’m not saying it shouldn’t be used. And, btw, Ralph, do you have a degree in biology or medicine?
My point is you can’t make that presumption. The body is a complicated system, and MANY drugs have unexpected effects their designers do not anticipate. Given the ethical problems with conducting tests, I’m saying you just need to give notice to people about lack of safety and efficacy data before using it.
We know it has seemed to work in a number of cases. What’s the success rate? As far as I know, that hasn’t been quantified. FDA requires drugs to be BOTH safe and effective.
Again, Jon J., they have used it a long time now to prevent miscarriage, and it has been considered safe for that purpose according to Life Lady’s post. Also, I would trust a pro life doctor and scientists before I would trust anyone who pushes abortion and euthanasia, and the two go hand in hand.
I’m curious about this “reversal drug”. The article is unclear what causes of abortion does it reverse, which makes me incredibly curious about it. “Medical abortions” reversed. So does that mean that this drug claims to reverse a D and C for example?
“A medical abortion is a type of non-surgical abortion in which abortifacient pharmaceutical drugs are used to induce abortion. An oral preparation for medical abortion is commonly referred to as an abortion pill.”
It can reverse the effects of RU-486 if taken quickly enough after the RU-486. The ‘abortion reversal’ pill could not be simpler as I understand it (I’m not a scientist). It is the naturally-occuring hormone progesterone.
RU-486 is the drug mifepristone, According to Wikipedia, mifepristone is “An antiprogestogen, also called an antiprogesterone agent, or in the case of a synthetic compound, an antiprogestin, is a type of hormone antagonist which antagonizes or suppresses the action of progesterone in the body, a sex hormone that plays a role in the menstrual cycle and pregnancy.”
So RU-486 suppresses the natural hormone progesterone, thus starting the process of chemical abortion. The “abortion reversal pill” is doses of…
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So RU-486 suppresses the natural hormone progesterone, thus starting the process of chemical abortion. The “abortion reversal pill” is doses of progesterone, thus counteracting the counteraction. The procedure was published in the peer-reviewd “Annals of Pharmacotherapy.”
Wow. So, the effects of a process that saves a life, that’s called “junk” and all kind of other stuff, and a woman who chooses to change her mind, she’s supposed to not be able to do that, when the process has been already being used to avoid miscarriage and has been deemed safe when used for that? Planned Parenthood already has their money from women who decide to reverse the abortion. If she can make one decision, she ought to have the ability to change her mind. If the abortion lobby is so “pro-choice” it’s the height of hypocrisy to deny a woman her choice to reverse the previous decision and to save her baby. Ridiculous.
Those who cry “junk science” are the very ones who continue to promote the killing of human beings as “medical” and want all of us to believe that babies are “junk” to be thrown away.
Of course, there are prominent “haters” like Jerry Brown and all of the California Democrat Party who make certain that the haters are elected and well funded by public millions.
Informed consent: explaining the drug/procedure, its risks and any alternatives. Does the abortion industry do this??
How IRONIC! The one woman says she doesn’t want politicians telling her doctor what she can and can’t do BUT it’s fine for politicians and the Supreme Court to tell her doctor she can kill her baby up to 9 months in the womb. Is she KIDDING?
Doctor Delgado is a Saint on earth!!!
I think what is going on here is that many women who have taken the abortion pill worry that the abortion pill has already damaged the child seriously, and that if the child is born with an abnormality, they will have to live with the guilt of having contributed to it.
Of course, the guilt later, whether consciously or subconsciously, of knowing one contributed to the death of a child will be just as great or greater, so a woman should not take that abortion pill in the first place.
Go to a pro life center for women or a physician’s group that will help you carry the child to term. Sooner or later that boyfriend or husband will leave anyway if he is so unconcerned for the two of you.
Of course, sometimes the woman is at fault through unfaithfulness, but she should “man up” and accept the consequences for the nine months, get help and possibly adopt out.