In spite of being credited with saving the lives of hundreds of babies born to mothers who changed their mind on abortion, abortion pill reversal treatments are under fire from pro-abortion advocates who want to see websites promoting such treatments “seized” by the Food and Drug Administration.
According to Live Action, progesterone is a part of the “same medical protocols that have been used to halt miscarriages for years.” Nonetheless, the Campaign for Accountability has dismissed abortion pill reversal as “medical theater” and called on the FDA to “seize the website domains” for any group that markets the “dangerous” protocol.
Live Action argues that CFA is misrepresenting a 2019 study from the University of California in order to prop up their claims.
The study, Live Action reports, analyzed the effectiveness of progesterone treatments but was terminated due to “safety concerns,” a fact emphasized by CFA.
Three of the twelve women participating in the study were hospitalized for severe bleeding, which Live Action says CFA incorrectly attributed to the use of progesterone. “In reality,” the organization says, “the research proved the opposite was true.”
Live Action explains the issues with CFA’s citation of the study:
Funded by Danco Laboratories – the abortion pill manufacturer – and only recruiting 12 of the intended 40 participants for the study, women were randomly given either a placebo or progesterone. As the Charlotte Lozier Institute pointed out, the study was prematurely terminated because 25% (3 out of 12) of participants suffered severe hemorrhaging after taking the abortion pill.
These complications could not have stemmed from the progesterone treatment. Two of the women in the study who required ambulatory care had been given the abortion pill itself, followed by a placebo. While the third woman had been given progesterone, excessive bleeding is a risk associated with the abortion pill, not progesterone.
CFA also implored the FDA to crack down on abortion pill reversals on the grounds that they are “unproven” and those promoting them are using women as “guinea pigs.”
Live Action claims that CFA’s argument is refuted by the very California study cited by the group. Pointing once more to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, Live Action says that a fetal heartbeat was detectable in 80 percent of women who reversed their abortions, and twice as many patients who had taken progesterone were able to continue their pregnancies.
Furthermore, Live Action points out the apparent irony of CFA’s insistence that the abortion pill itself, but not reversals, is “safe and effective:”
Several women died during clinical trials for the abortion pill, but the group has not treated it with the same skepticism they reserve for the reversal process. Between 2000 and 2018, there were 4,195 chemical abortion complications, ranging from 24 maternal deaths, 97 undiagnosed ectopic pregnancies, 1,042 hospitalizations, 599 blood transfusions, and 412 infections.
And these were just adverse outcomes that were reported to the FDA. Without a federal requirement mandating the proper recording of abortion complications, the data is incomplete.
“Women deserve to know the full dangers of the abortion pill, as well as the possibility of reversing a regretful abortion decision,” Live Action concludes. “As more lives are saved by abortion pill reversal, unfortunately, groups like Campaign for Accountability continue to push disinformation.”
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