Just before “Brianna’s” scheduled C-section, physician Brent Boles asked her if she’d allow a photo to be taken once the baby was born. He wouldn’t share any identifying information with the world, he said. Just the photo.
A photo to celebrate human life.
A photo to explain just why he provides the ever-growing Abortion Pill Reversal regimen to women looking to undo their chemical abortions.
Brianna happily agreed, and a little bit later, a gripping photo of a newborn baby, crying under the blaze of operating room lights, was captured.
Since posting the image to his personal Facebook page last week, Boles says it has garnered over 8,000 reactions and over 5,000 shares.
Along with the photo he posted, Boles wrote:
“Recently I did this delivery, and am sharing the picture with the patient’s permission. You see, when a woman takes the abortion pill, she often immediately regrets it. This patient did exactly that. The abortion providers will lie and tell people that there is no way to reverse it. That is not true. This patient found www.abortionpillreversal.com and I am on the panel of prolife providers who are willing to try to reverse the poison they were given. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but as you can see—it is worth the effort.”
Otherwise known as the “abortion pill” or RU-486, chemical abortions involve a two-pill regimen.
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Mifepristone, the first pill—which Brianna took at a local Planned Parenthood—destabilizes a pregnancy by blocking progesterone receptors and reducing progesterone levels in the mother’s blood. The second pill, typically misoprostol, induces labor, forcing her body to expel the baby.
The Abortion Pill Reversal protocol, which saved Brianna’s child, works by reintroducing progesterone to the mother’s body up to 72 hours after the first pill is taken. The progesterone counteracts the mifepristone, restoring a woman’s natural ability to carry her baby.
Brianna, who immediately regretted taking the abortion pill, found Abortion Pill Reversal online, contacted the network’s 24-7 helpline (1-877-558-0333), and spoke with Boles the same day. She was even able to get a prescription for progesterone and begin the treatment immediately.
Heartbeat International, which manages the protocol’s 24-7 helpline and network of more than 500 medical providers like Boles, recently shared that Abortion Pill Reversal has led to the births of more than 500 babies, with another 100 on the way.
Physician George Delgado, founder of Abortion Pill Rescue (formerly known as the Abortion Pill Reversal Network), released a study earlier this year, showing that up to 68 percent of women who used the Abortion Pill Reversal treatment were able to give birth to a perfectly healthy baby.
Boles, who monitored Brianna and her baby throughout the rest of her pregnancy, says she never experienced any complications, and that both she and the baby are doing very well.
Boles has prescribed the life-saving Abortion Pill Reversal protocol to women for about three years now, but has been involved in pro-life work for the last two decades.
His involvement began in 1995 when he was serving as the chief administrative resident in his residency program in Louisville. That year, a new residency requirement mandated that all OB-GYN programs offer instruction on how to perform abortions. The requirement, however, also included a clause that allowed students to decline the training.
After discussing the requirement with other residents, Boles led all 23 residents in signing a letter which formally rejected the training.
“Most people just really didn’t want to do it,” Boles said in an interview with Pregnancy Help News. “Some were personally pro-choice and didn’t oppose a woman having an abortion.”
He noted the paradox.
“This is an issue where so many people will say that they’re pro-choice, but they’re too personally disgusted by the procedure to actually do it themselves,” he said. “If there’s no problem with it, why don’t you just go ahead and do it? But, just on some level, they don’t want to be involved. That’s a very common thing.”
A local paper heard about the residents’ letter and interviewed Boles, bringing his pro-life advocacy out into the public square. Ever since, Boles has been involved with pro-life ministries, lending his talents and his voice to the cause in a variety of ways.
For the last 13 years, he has served as the volunteer medical director for Portico—a pregnancy help medical clinic in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. There, he reads ultrasound images for clients free of charge.
Along with providing pregnancy support through Portico and Abortion Pill Rescue, Boles has also played a role in the political process. He has advocated for quality standards for abortion facilities, and in 2014, rallied behind Tennessee’s Amendment 1—a ballot initiative that eliminated the right to an abortion from the Tennessee state constitution.
With nearly 10,000 abortions reported to the Tennessee Department of Health in 2016, Boles certainly has his work cut out for him.
But as he said in his Facebook post last week, “Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but as you can see—it is worth the effort.”
LifeNews Note: Katie Franklin is managing editor for Pregnancy Help News and content writer at Heartbeat International. She previously served as director of communications for Ohio Right to Life and is a graduate of Denison University where she earned a B.A. in history in 2013. Katie lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Miles and daughter Elizabeth.