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Commentary

What ACOG Doesn’t Want Women to Know About Abortion Pill Reversal

August 4, 2022

The dangerous and unregulated use of abortion pills is accelerating quickly in America. But what if there was a way to reverse the effects of chemical abortion for women who change their minds?

In a webinar hosted by the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) entitled “Abortion Pill Reversal: The New Frontier in a Post-Roe World,” CEO Dr. Donna Harrison interviewed Dr. George Delgado on the topic of abortion pill reversal. Delgado created the Abortion Pill Rescue program, which assists women who have changed their minds after ingesting the chemical abortion drug mifepristone and desire to save their baby’s life.

The chemical abortion regimen is comprised of the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone is an anti-progesterone, which blocks a pregnant mother’s flow of progesterone. Without this necessary hormone, the uterine wall becomes destabilized, and the unborn child is cut off from nourishment, causing the baby to die. The second drug, misoprostol, is then used to force intense uterine contractions in order to expel the unborn baby from the womb and complete the abortion.

Abortion pill reversal is possible when the mother has only ingested mifepristone and has not yet taken misoprostol. As Delgado explained, almost 70% of the time, medical professionals have been able to successfully reverse the mifepristone using progesterone — the natural hormone that mifepristone is intended to suppress. Progesterone has been safely used in pregnancy care for over 50 years and carries zero risk of causing fetal anomalies in babies.

One particularly noteworthy point discussed in the AAPLOG event was the utter denial by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) that abortion pill reversal is safe and successful. ACOG is not neutral on abortion pill reversal — it actively fights against informing women about this safe and natural treatment that could allow them to change their minds after beginning a chemical abortion.

ACOG’s vendetta against abortion pill reversal ignores the over 3,000 babies that, according to Heartbeat International, have been saved from chemical abortion because of this treatment. Responding to criticisms that abortion pill reversal is “junk science,” Delgado explained, “Any time we have a new medical breakthrough, we start with simple studies … and then we build our way up.” He compared the treatment to CPR, which also never utilized an unethical placebo trial before becoming accepted as a life-saving practice.

Ironically, while citing concerns that using progesterone to reverse a chemical abortion is “dangerous to women’s health,” ACOG willfully ignores the mounting evidence of the many dangers that chemical abortion itself poses to mothers. Known risks associated with chemical abortion include hemorrhage, infection, retained fetal remains, and maternal death. According to an AAPLOG report, the true amount of complications from chemical abortions cannot be known because the FDA did not track up to 95% of serious adverse events caused by chemical abortions between 2000 and 2019.

ACOG also advocates for chemical abortion drugs to be distributed by mail and calls state requirements for in-person dispensing of mifepristone “burdensome and unnecessary.” Without the necessary precaution of an in-person visit to a medical professional, a woman cannot undergo an ultrasound to determine important factors about her status — including if she is actually pregnant, if she is experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, if she is RH negative and in need of a RhoGAM shot to prevent her from becoming permanently unable to carry a future child to term, or if she is too far along in pregnancy to undergo a chemical abortion. 

If a “choice” is really what the abortion industry wants for women, why are pro-abortion organizations like ACOG and the Guttmacher Institute (Planned Parenthood’s research arm) not actively affirming abortion pill reversal as an avenue to strengthen women’s ability to choose? The answer, of course, is that in their ideal world, every mother would choose abortion.And besides, acknowledging that this choice can be reversed could be bad for business

As Dr. Christina Francis noted in her Wall Street Journal op-ed “The OB-GYNs Who Play Politics With Women’s Lives,” 86% of OB-GYNs do not carry out abortions. Through their abortion advocacy, ACOG fails to represent American obstetricians and gynecologists and prioritizes political ideology over the safety and informed consent of mothers.

If you or a woman you know have begun a chemical abortion, there is still hope to reverse it and save the baby’s life. Call the abortion pill reversal hotline at (877) 558-0333 or visit abortionpillreversal.com immediately.

For more information about ACOG’s pro-abortion bias, visit notmyacog.com.

Joy Stockbauer is a policy analyst for the Center for Human Dignity at Family Research Council.