WHAT IS ABORTION PILL REVERSAL?
Many of our ministry partners were excited to hear our
client's success story of reversing her abortion at
An Evening of Hope, but were left with
questions regarding the procedure.
We are pleased to have the partnership of Abortion Pill Reversal Network Provider, Dr. Kevin Daus, MD who has taken the time to give us a better understanding of what APR is. He has been offering the service for over two years, and is an advocate for more doctors becoming educated on the process, so that more lives can be impacted.
How does the Abortion Pill Work?
1. Mifepristone is also known as "the abortion pill" or "RU-486" and is prescribed by a doctor within the first seven to ten weeks of pregnancy. Mifepristone is a drug that blocks the nurturing effects of progesterone — a hormone a woman's body needs to grow a healthy baby. The blocking of progesterone is what leads to the death of the developing baby.
2. Next, Misoprostol tablets are taken orally or inserted vaginally about 36 to 72 hours after taking the Mifepristone. The tablets will cause contractions and expel the remains of the baby. This process may take a few hours or as long as a few days.
What is the process for reversing the abortion?
The first step would be to provide an ultrasound to confirm whether or not the baby is still living. If so, Dr. Daus prescribes and injects progesterone. Progesterone is a natural hormone in a woman's body that is necessary to nurture and sustain a pregnancy. By giving extra Progesterone, the hope is to outnumber and outcompete the Mifepristone in order to reverse the effects of Mifepristone. The injections of Progesterone continue throughout the first trimester of the pregnancy.
Is attempting to reverse an abortion safe?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in its Practice Bulletin Number 143, March 2014, states that: “No evidence exists to date of a teratogenic effect of Mifepristone.” In other words, it does not appear that Mifepristone, RU-486, causes birth defects. Further, Progesterone has been safely used in pregnancy for over 40 years. There is no record of birth defects caused by Progesterone.
How much does APR cost?
Dr. Daus does not charge clients of APRC for their abortion pill reversal.
How successful is APR?
Our success rate is about 55%.This means 55% of women who choose reversal continue the pregnancies and deliver their babies while about 45% lose their babies. This percentage of loss also includes the high rates of women who stop receiving treatment after they have started, which only emphasizes the supportive role that APRC can play in this process.
How can we help to promote APR as an option?
Dr. Daus stated "I wish the legislature would make the reversal be a part of the consent for the abortion." Doing so would allow women a final chance to choose life should they regret their decision. This is also the area where APRC has had an impact, as we are faithful to present APR as an option to all clients.
"I have to remind the client that they did all they could do.
The emotional impact is so overwhelming on the clients that most
of them still blame themselves.
I try not to point blame and just support them."
- Dr. Kevin Daus
ABORTION PILL REVERSAL TESTIMONY
At our 2015 Gala, Rescue the Next Generation we had a client share her story of contacting APRC after taking the abortion pilland immediately regretting it.
She was looking for a way to reverse her abortion, and was referred to seek the Abortion Pill Reversal service offered by Dr. Daus.
Her healthy son was born in December 2015, and we were so delighted to be able to share the continuation of her story last month at An Evening of Hope. You can read her words in the included screenshot.
We are so grateful for Dr. Daus and the invaluable service that he provided to our client and her son!
Please continue to pray for Team APRC who, through Christ,
have the opportunity to impact so many.
PREGNANCY AND INFANT
LOSS AWARENESS MONTH
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan first declared October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
In his declaration, he stated: "When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child,
Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month of October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.”
APRC is proud to offer compassionate support to families in all pregnancy related circumstances, including loss. Please join us in praying for our clients, staff, and ministry partners who have been affected by pregnancy and infant loss.