In California, a billboard went up in San Francisco that reads in English and Spanish, “Abortion Pill Reversal” with a hotline for women if they want to reverse the effects of the dangerous RU-486 abortion pill. The billboard is strategically placed one block from the city’s Planned Parenthood abortion facility and was initiated by the Walk for Life West Coast co-chairs, Dolores Meehan and Eva Muntean.
In the past, women have died at Planned Parenthood after taking RU-486 because they distributed the abortion-inducing drugs to women without requiring an in-person visit, up until two weeks beyond the prescribed 49 days from their last menstrual cycle. In fact, it wasn’t until four California women died within a week of using the abortion drug they received from Planned Parenthood that they changed its policy to conform to the FDA protocol. Initially, Planned Parenthood had been telling women to use the abortion drug vaginally even though the FDA indicated oral use is safer for women.
The billboard, the brainchild of Walk for Life West Coast co-chairs Dolores Meehan and Eva Muntean, was conceived during this year’s Lenten 40 Days For Life.
As the two women were praying together in front of the Planned Parenthood, they saw an advertising billboard a block away, and… “It just came to us,” said Muntean. “We had of course been aware of the RU486 reversal pill, and had discussed how to make this better known. In fact, one of the speakers at the January 2015 Walk was Becky Buell. She had gotten pregnant, and taken RU-486. But she quickly changed her mind and got the abortion reversal pill. When she spoke at the Walk she brought her little boy Zechariah, a survivor of RU486, with her. He’s adorable!”
Meehan added “Yep. We saw that billboard and it just came to us: this is perfect. This is it! It’s our chance to extend to all women the right to choose to change their minds, to choose life.”
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The Walk for Life West Coast has committed to paying for the billboard for one month from late May through late June of 2015, and then for a period of two years beginning on October 2015. The organization is actively seeking donations from pro-lifers to help cover the costs.
As LifeNews previously reported, a group called Culture of Life Family Services launched a website called AbortionPillReversal.com in 2012 after physicians found a way to reverse one of the key components of RU-486, mifepristone. If contacted quickly, doctors can provide treatments to prevent the unwanted abortion, and so far they have seen over 100 children born after mothers changed their mind about abortion.
Dr. Matthew Harrison, who was one of the creators of the life-saving kit, explained, “We’re looking at about 120-130 women right now who have babies that are surviving and doing well and it looks like we have about a 60 percent success rate, which is much better than if you do nothing. We’re hoping that this gives a woman a choice when she thinks she made a mistake. I want to save the baby and do whatever I can to help, and this gives an immediate choice to her.
He added, “The way the abortion pill works is it essentially starves the baby by blocking the natural hormone that’s in the woman’s body. So if that hormone is blocked, the baby can’t survive. What progesterone does, the treatment we give her, is it puts extra hormone into her system, the natural hormone that’s already in her system, and it floods her system with progesterone so the abortion pill doesn’t work.”