Researchers halted an ethically disturbing abortion study recently after three women suffered serious complications and multiple babies died.
The study was pro-abortion researchers’ attempt to test the abortion pill reversal procedure, which has saved hundreds of babies’ lives. Abortion activists have criticized the procedure as “junk science” and even suggested it may be dangerous, but research by the doctors who pioneered the procedure indicates it is safe for both women and their unborn babies.
The recently-ended study at the University of California Davis involved performing multiple abortions on pregnant women to test the effectiveness and potential risks of the abortion pill reversal procedure.
WFBO reports researchers stopped the study after three women suffered serious complications.
According to the report:
For the study, the researchers aimed to enroll 40 women who were scheduled to have surgical abortions. Before their surgical procedures, the women received mifepristone, the first pill in the two-medication regimen that’s used for medical abortions. The women were then randomly assigned to receive either a placebo or progesterone, which advocates claim can block the effects of mifepristone.
But researchers stopped the study in July, after only 12 women had enrolled. Three of the women required ambulance transport to a hospital for treatment of severe vaginal bleeding.
It is important to note, however, that it was the initial abortion drug – not the abortion pill reversal procedure – that appears to have been the cause of the complications. Two of the three women who experienced complications did not go through the reversal process; they received an abortion drug followed by a placebo, according to the report.
Dr. Tara Sander Lee, senior fellow and director of life sciences at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, said reports about the study have been misleading. She said the research adds to evidence that the abortion drug mifepristone is unsafe for women as well as their unborn babies.
“Instead of focusing on the facts that the abortion pill is dangerous, the attempt here is to mislead the public into believing that any attempt to reverse the abortion pill and delay killing the baby could be potentially more dangerous to the mother,” Lee said. “… both women who hemorrhaged while on placebo required emergency surgical aspiration, but the woman on progesterone [used for the abortion pill reversal] did not require any additional intervention.”
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The Charlotte Lozier Institute has expressed concerns about the study ever since its medical experts learned about it.
“Long before this study was published, it was a known fact that Mifeprex can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, excessive bleeding, and incomplete termination requiring follow-up surgery. This study does nothing but further prove these serious, life-threatening risks when taking the abortion pill,” Lee said.
Stephanie Ranade Krider, vice president of Ohio Right to Life, said she was glad to hear that the study has been stopped. She said it treated women like guinea pigs for the sake of validating abortion.
“The idea that a study was ever approved where the end guarantee was the death of one of the patients without their consent – even if it took multiple efforts – should have been a red flag from the start,” Krider said. “Physicians are supposed to work to save lives, not to end them.”
According to the FDA, at least 24 women died along with their unborn babies after taking the abortion drug. Krider noted that there are no reported deaths from progesterone, the hormone used to reverse the abortion drug and potentially save the baby’s life.
Right now, Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill to add the abortion pill reversal procedure to state informed consent requirements. In light of the new study, Krider urged state lawmakers to pass the bill.
Though the life-saving procedure is relatively new, research indicates it has been effective in saving babies’ lives. Dr. Matthew Harrison performed the first-ever abortion pill reversal in 2007. Since then, an estimated 500 unborn babies have been saved.
Drug-induced abortions involve two different drugs. The first, mifepristone, is given at the abortion clinic. The drug makes the uterus inhospitable to new life by blocking the hormone progesterone. The second drug, misoprostol, is taken 24-48 hours later, usually at home, to induce labor and expel the baby.
Research indicates that the first drug, mifepristone, alone is not always effective in ending a baby’s life. A woman may still have a viable pregnancy after taking the first drug.
The abortion pill reversal works by giving the woman high doses of progesterone to counteract the abortion drug and potentially save her baby’s life.
In 2018, researchers published a study demonstrating the effectiveness of the procedure in saving babies’ lives. Even a prestigious Yale School of Medicine doctor told the New York Times that the treatment “makes biological sense,” and he would recommend it to his own daughter. More research is on-going.
Despite strong evidence in support of the procedure, abortion activists have attacked it as “junk science,” and Planned Parenthood has lobbied against informing women about it.
Eight states have passed laws to include the abortion pill reversal procedure in their informed consent requirements: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Utah and North Dakota.
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.