Rebekah Buell knows that fear often prompts pregnant women to consider aborting their unborn babies.
She knows because she felt exactly that way four years ago.
Buell was 19 years old, pregnant and had just left an abusive marriage, the Sacramento Bee reports. At the time, she also was attending college and taking care of her young son.
The California woman said she was desperate and afraid, and she had very little encouragement or support from her family and friends. She said abortion seemed like her only option. So she went to Planned Parenthood where she took the first of two abortion drugs, and then left with a second packet of drugs to take at home later. Immediately, Buell regretted it.
An internet search and a phone call saved her unborn baby’s life.
Buell found a doctor to administer the abortion reversal process, a technology developed by Drs. George Delgado and Matthew Harrison. The process has saved the lives of several hundred babies, including Buell’s son.
The abortion drug mifepristone, or RU-486, works by blocking the hormone progesterone and making the womb inhospitable to the unborn baby. One or two days later, a second drug is taken to induce contractions and expel the dead baby.
About 10 years ago, Delgado and Harrison discovered that they could counteract the first abortion drug by giving the mother injections of progesterone and potentially save the unborn baby’s life.
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Later, they set up a website, www.abortionpillreversal.com, a 24-hour hotline and a network of more than 300 doctors to help women who want to reverse their abortions.
Their website is what Buell found as she left Planned Parenthood four years ago.
She told the Bee:
“I’ve never felt more desperate and hurt than I did after taking that pill,” she said. “There was no other feeling, no worse of a situation I could have been in right then and there, thinking I’d made the biggest mistake of my life.”
She called the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline, established by Delgado and others in 2012, and got connected to Delgado’s brother Dr. Julian Delgado, a family practice physician in Colusa who has performed about 10 abortion reversals. His patients come from all over Northern California, he said.
Now 23, Buell splits her time between parenting Zechariah, 3, and his brother Eli, 5, and speaking publicly about abortion reversal at schools, churches and conventions.
“It’s so important for me to speak out,” she said. “For women to know they’re not alone, that they’re not crazy for making a decision of fear and then changing their mind.”
Delgado told the newspaper the treatment works about 60 percent to 70 percent of the time. He said he has treated about 250 women who gave birth to healthy babies so far, and about 100 more are still pregnant after undergoing the treatment.
Though the abortion pill reversal technology is relatively new, early results show it appears to be safe and effective for both mother and child.
Anyone who has taken the first abortion pill and wishes to stop the abortion is urged to immediately visit www.abortionpillreversal.com or call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline at 877-558-0333.