January 22, 2013 by Gerard M. Nadal
Good news this week from Dr. Mary Davenport, President of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG). RU-486 abortions can be reversed in many cases where the mother has second thoughts. It’s beautiful news during this 40th anniversary week of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Links to help lines follow at the end of the post.
How Reversals Are Possible
Unlike surgical abortions which are immediately lethal, RU-486 (mifepristone) works over a period of 36-72 hours. The drug binds to progesterone receptors in the uterine lining, blocking progesterone from binding. That’s key, as progesterone is the hormone that keeps the uterine lining (endometrium) intact. If progesterone is blocked by RU-486, then the endometrium begins to break down, losing its ability to supply the baby’s placenta with oxygen and food. Over a period of a couple of days, the baby is suffocated as the placenta detaches. At that point the drug misoprostol is ingested, inducing uterine contractions to expel the baby.
The good news is that women can receive shots of progesterone if the baby is still alive. These shots will overwhelm the RU-486 and keep the endometrium intact. Dr. Davenport has sent along a few links that are helpful.
The number for women to call to find a doctor to prescribe progesterone is 877-558-0333.
To Call Dr. Davenport directly for more information: 510-417-5445