A North Carolina doctor is saving unborn babies and giving their mothers hope that they can reverse a nearly fatal mistake.
Dr. Matthew Harrison has helped 213 mothers reverse the effects of their chemical abortions and saved their babies’ lives by using a new abortion pill reversal technology, Fox 46 in Charlotte, North Carolina, reported.
Harrison, associate medical director of the program, worked with Dr. George Delgado to develop the abortion pill reversal technology and offer it to women across the world. To date, the new technology has saved 137 babies’ lives, and 76 more mothers are still pregnant with their unborn babies, according to the report.
In an RU 486 pill-based abortion, pregnant women are given two drugs and directed to take them three days apart. The first, mifepristone, blocks the hormone progesterone from getting to the growing baby, starving it of the nutrients it needs to survive. The second drug, misoprostol, triggers uterine contractions to expel the dead baby. Women eventually complete the abortion at home and deliver a dead baby.
The abortion pill reversal team found that women who receive high doses of progesterone shortly after taking the first abortion pill can override the action of the progesterone blocker, and save the baby’s life, LifeNews.com previously reported.
“We’ve only had one or two women who have called and already taken the second abortion pill, and unfortunately those cases were not successful in reversing because they had already started the labor process,” Harrison told the news station. “Before 72 hours is when we feel like we have the best chance of saving the baby.”
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Birth defects after the treatment are rare – and typically only occur if the woman has taken the second pill, Harrison said.
Here is more from the local news report:
Though he identifies as a pro-life doctor, Harrison feels that what he’s really doing is giving women a choice.
“It’s exciting, mainly because I see it empowering these women,” he said. “I mean they were in a hopeless and dark place at one time, they thought there wasn’t any hope. This is the woman’s choice to say you know what, I’ve made a mistake and I’m not embarrassed to go and ask for some help. And that’s what we’re here for, people make mistakes all the time. We need to be ready for the women who feel they’ve made a mistake, who say what have I done, I want to help save that baby, we need to be ready within an hours notice to get them the medication they need to reverse the process.”
The abortion pill reversal program has a network of almost 300 doctors world-wide to help women that call their 24/7 hotline, according to AbortionPillReversal.com.