“Abortion reversal,” a controversial procedure the Inquisitr reported on in 2014, is back in the spotlight, this time because Arizona is on the verge of passing a law that would require doctors to inform abortion patients that their procedures can be “reversed,” if so desired.
The pro-life community, led by many Christian doctors, don’t see the harm in laying the option on the table in the event a patient is about to go through with an abortion but isn’t completely sure it’s what she wants to do.
In an abortion reversal, a woman would take two pill doses — the first would be of mifepristone and the second would be misoprostol. Together, the drugs would safely abort the fetus. A reversal procedure would allow the woman to avoid that second dose and receive progesterone shots to negate the effects of the first drug.
Pro-choice advocates call it an unnecessary exercise for a procedure that lacks demand. Slate‘s Amanda Marcotte professed her anger for the bill in a recent column for the website.
“The problem is it’s almost certainly quackery. Mifepristone is not enough on its own to terminate a pregnancy some of the time, so you’re not ‘reversing’ the abortion so much as interrupting the process before it’s complete. The progesterone shots reverse nothing—they are medically unnecessary theater, designed to portray anti-choicers as conquering heroes rescuing pregnant maidens from the clutches of abortionists. There’s no evidence of much demand from women to interrupt their abortions, and in the rare circumstances that someone is seized by regret, all she needs to do is contact her regular doctor about stopping the pills.”
However, Marcotte’s belief that there isn’t a demand for this isn’t entirely true, as evidenced in a recent news story in which Krystal West, mother of six, had the abortion reversal procedure after having second thoughts about her accidental pregnancy. She had taken the first pill dosage, and only then decided that abortion was something she couldn’t go through with.
Abortion reversal doctor Karen Pohailos, M.D., weighed in on West’s issue.
“No matter where you come from politically on the subject, these women are struggling,” she said. “Sometimes people will make a decision, and then they’ll walk out of the room and go, ‘Wow, I didn’t mean to do this.’ ”
You can check out more of her story from CBS 19 in the below video.
What do you think about the Arizona law requiring doctors to inform their patients about the abortion reversal option? Harmless or harmful? Sound off in the comments section.