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.