Kelly was in her twenties and fell pregnant to her boyfriend of only 6 months. They both decided abortion was the best option for them as they hadn’t established their own relationship yet. Kelly attended a clinic hoping to find out more information, and was surprised to find that she had actually been booked in to have an ultrasound and be given mifepristone even though she’d said she wanted information to make a decision. She wasn’t sure what to do but was made to feel like she was wasting the staff time if she didn’t go ahead at that point.
- A pregnant woman chooses to abort and is prescribed two drugs to kill and expel the baby: the first, mifepristone, is usually taken at the doctor’s clinic or abortion facility, or can be ordered over the phone. The woman is sent home with the second drug, misoprostol.
- If she changes her mind about aborting before taking the second drug, there is a good chance the abortion can be stopped.
- The optimum time for starting the reversal protocol is within 24 hours of taking mifepristone, but reversals have been successful up to 72 hours.
- The reversal protocol involves giving the mother doses of progesterone for the rest of the first trimester. Progesterone has been used safely during pregnancy for over 40 years, and doesn’t harm pre-born babies.
- The procedure has a 55% success-rate in the US.
As soon as she left the facility she rang her boyfriend crying and told him what had happened. He encouraged her to call the clinic back which she did. They told her she had no choice but to continue as the drug she had taken would harm the fetus anyway.
She and her boyfriend searched the internet and found our service. They decided to pursue progesterone treatment and were linked to a doctor within 45 minutes of contacting our service. Her first dose of progesterone was only 3 hours after mifepristone. Kelly was very anxious about the harm she was told mifepristone could do to her baby. [NOTE: There is NO evidence that mifepristone causes fetal harm.]
When a staff member from the clinic rang to check on her 24 hours later, she told them she had changed her mind. In the following 48 hours she received more than half a dozen phone calls from different staff telling her she must come back in and in one call she says she was told she was risking her life if she didn’t follow up with them. She was also reminded that she had signed a consent form and she was bound by that consent form to complete the treatment. She felt harassed and terrified and needed lots of reassurance and support.
Kelly also received a letter from the clinic which stated that her baby could be harmed by the mifepristone which is false. She continued the progesterone treatment and went on to deliver a healthy baby 7 months later.
Australian Mifepristone Reversal Needs Your Help!
I've written in the past about Australian Mifepristone Reversal which is an organisation founded by Debbie Garratt to facilitate this life-saving work across the nation. You may be familiar with Debbie through her other websites: Real Choices and Voices of Regret. Debbie has been working for years to build AMR into an efficient structure, capable of quickly managing calls for help, while also compiling a database of outcomes and a registry of practitioners. But AMR is in dire need of funds, in order to allow it to continue this vital work. The importance of this life-saving work can't be overstated: women can and do seek to have their medical abortions reversed. In fact, the service was established in response to a demand from Australian women who sought help after regretting taking that first abortion pill. To date, there has been no marketing or advertising: women have been prepared to go some lengths to find help, which means they really want the service. Debbie has established a national network of health professionals who are well-versed in the reversal protocol. She sees data collection to be of paramount importance since this data will inform medical professionals around the world of the procedure's success. Since women do change their minds, they have the right to take advantage of this low risk, potentially high benefit treatment However, the service can't be promoted without adequate resources as Debbie feels it is unethical to market a service when it will be impossible to meet demand. To this end, AMR needs at least $150k a year to effectively recruit and educate doctors and support staff to build the network so that the service can be marketed Australia-wide. This plea for funds comes at a time when many organisations are similarly requesting donations. But with women regularly making urgent enquiries about having their abortions reversed, it's obvious that this is a most worthwhile cause and has the potential to save many, many lives - both of babies, and of their mothers.
How to Donate:
Cheques can be sent to: Po Box 157 Wodonga 3689 Direct deposit: Account name: PPRC / BSB: 063534 / ACC NO: 1051 7057
There is a great deal of helpful information on the Australian Mifepristone Reversal website My 2015 interview with Debbie Garratt This 2017 article has more information on medical abortions and the reversal process, as well as an interview with an Australian pro-life doctor, made after he successfully reversed an abortion
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