Indiana Led National Conversation on Abortion Pill Reversal Last Year

April 6, 2018

Science Behind Abortion Pill Reversal Published in Medical Journal

Last year, Indiana helped lead a national conversation on abortion pill* reversal by holding a legislative hearing on the topic. Ind. Rep. Ben Smaltz (District 52), Chairman of the Indiana House Public Policy Committee, brought a bill on abortion pill reversal for a hearing. Committee members heard from more than 10 individuals on both sides of the issue. We wrote about those speaking on our side:

Testifying to the medical science and the success of using an abortion pill reversal protocol were two Indiana doctors, Casey Reising, M.D. of Indianapolis and Christina Francis, M.D. of Fort Wayne. Both have helped women go on to deliver healthy babies after they regretted taking the first pill in the chemical abortion process. Committee members also heard from a woman who participated in the abortion pill reversal process after regretting her decision to abort. She now has a healthy son.

After the hearing, Indiana was cited in national articles on the topic, like this one from the Washington Post. People wondered if abortion pill reversal truly was possible, and what the science behind reversal was.

A new study from Dr. George Delgado was just published this week in the peer-reviewed, medical journal, Issues in Law and Medicine. Delgado is on the forefront of abortion pill reversal by pioneering the medical protocol for stopping an abortion after it has already begun. He also founded the Abortion Pill Reversal Network, which helps women who change their minds shortly after taking the first abortion pill in the two-pill regimen.

Culture of Life Family Services summarized Delgado’s newly-published study:

The study, looking at 261 successful mifepristone reversals, showed that the reversal success rates were 68 percent with the high-dose oral progesterone protocol and 64 percent with the injected progesterone protocol; both were significantly better rates than the 25 percent survival rate if no treatment is offered. There was no increased risk of birth defects or preterm births. Progesterone has been used safely in pregnancy for over 40 years.

What this means is exactly what was shared last year in the Indiana legislative hearing: if a woman changes her mind about abortion shortly after taking the first pill, mifepristone, in the two-pill chemical abortion process, it may be possible to stop the abortion and reverse the first pill’s effects. Delgado’s protocol involves giving women large doses of progesterone in order to counteract the first pill.

The number “261” cited in Delgado’s study isn’t just a number. Rather, 261 refers to 261 children alive today because their mothers regretted starting an abortion. 261 mothers worked with doctors willing to try progesterone in order to successfully stop the abortion that was already starting. 261 children had a birthday  because of abortion pill reversal.

As we already knew and as the study confirms, not every chemical abortion can be reversed. The study doesn’t reveal a 100 percent success rate. Nor does every woman who changes her mind get started on progesterone as quickly as is needed. But abortion pill reversal is real. And works for many women. Like Smaltz told the Indy Star last year: “We’re just saying you have the right to try.”

Indiana’s 2017 bill aimed to give woman information that abortion pill reversal might be possible if she changed her mind. We believe giving woman more information is a good thing. Women should have the right to try.

Indiana Right to Life will continue to advocate for informed consent measures, like abortion pill reversal information, because these practices save lives. We long for the day that abortion is both unthinkable and unlawful, but until then we’ll keep fighting to save as many lives as we can. And you can count on Indiana to stay on the leading-edge of pro-life efforts.

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.

 

*Abortion pill abortions are also called “chemical” or “medical” abortions.

 

Indiana House passes historic bill permitting murder charges for killing an unborn child during a felony

February 28, 2018

The Indiana House yesterday approved by a 96-3 vote a bill permitting charges of murder, manslaughter and feticide against any person killing an unborn child, at any stage of development, during the commission of a felony. Additionally, should those charges not succeed in a criminal case, it maintains the judge’s ability to add additional sentencing of 6 to 20 years. Senate Bill 203, which previously passed the Indiana Senate 42-6, will now head to Governor Holcomb.

“If someone kills a pregnant woman, they should not only be tried for her death, but also the death of the fetus,” said the author of the bill, Sen. Aaron Freeman. Freeman introduced the bill after hearing from a woman in his district whose pregnant daughter was killed in a homicide.

“Indiana Right to Life applauds the House passage of SB 203 as a powerful step forward in recognizing and protecting the full humanity of unborn children at any stage of development,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “The recognition of the worth of a child killed during a felony further places Roe v. Wade on a collision course with law and history. We are committed to doubling down on efforts to bring about a majority on the Supreme Court that will strictly interpret the constitution, dismantle Roe, and provide full protection for all unborn children, including those who are targeted for abortion.”

See the full House roll call vote for SB 203 here

Seventh Circuit hears arguments on Indiana’s historic Dignity for the Unborn Act

February 19, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Seventh Circuit last week heard arguments to determine if Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses will continue to be able to abort unborn children for the sole reason of the child’s sex, race, national origin, potential disability or Down syndrome, and whether Indiana abortion providers will be permitted to treat the remains of unborn children as common medical waste.

Major provisions of the historic Dignity for the Unborn Act, also known as HEA 1337, were blocked in

late 2017 by Judge Tonya Walton Pratt, an appointee of President Obama.

“The issue is whether unborn children can be discriminated against by targeting them for abortion based on a variety of factors including Down syndrome or the color of their skin,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Indiana took historic action in extending the same civil rights protections we recognize for persons who are born to children who are in the womb.  It is tragic and chilling to hear the ACLU and Planned Parenthood deny these civil rights by defending the unrestricted targeting of unborn children for death.”
“The civilized world was appalled last year when it was reported that nearly 100 percent of babies with Down syndrome are aborted in Iceland,” notes Fichter.  “Yet this is exactly the type of targeting that abortion businesses in Indiana are defending.  We hope and pray the Seventh Circuit will uphold Indiana’s historic protections for unborn children.”
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Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

Texas-based abortion business files appeal in South Bend license denial

January 27, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Right to Life has learned the Texas- based abortion group known has Whole

Women’s Health Association (WWHA) has filed an appeal to the Indiana State Department of Health’s (ISDH) denial of licensing.  WWHA is seeking the license to open an abortion business in South Bend.  The appeal will now be considered by an administrative judge.

The Department’s denial letter states: “Based upon the Department’s review, the Commissioner finds WWHA failed to meet the requirement that the Applicant is of reputable and responsible character and the supporting documentation provided inaccurate statements and information.”

“We are confident the state is well within its right to deny a license to this abortion business,” states Indiana Right to Life President and Mike Fichter.  “We will continue to ramp up community opposition to abortions in South Bend and pray the appeal is denied and the license application is permanently rejected.”

In the denial letter provided to WWHA by the state, it is noted that a person may not provide abortions unless holding a license issued by the state.

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Banks, Walorski praise ISDH denial of license to proposed South Bend abortion business

January 11, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jim Banks and Rep. Jackie Walorski both issued statements yesterday praising the Indiana State Department of Health’s denial of an operating license for Whole Women’s Health Association to operate an abortion business in South Bend.

Rep. Banks’ statement:

“The sanctity of innocent human life, beginning at the moment of conception, is precious and must be protected. Life is a constitutionally-guaranteed inalienable right, and it extends to the lives of our nation’s unborn. The Indiana State Department of Health’s decision ensures only safe, quality health clinics receive licenses and protects Hoosier families, particularly women and unborn babies.”

Rep. Walorski’s statement:

“Every human life is precious and deserves our protection. The Indiana State Department of Health made the right decision to defend the sanctity of life and protect women’s health by rejecting this application.”

In October, Walorski sent a letter to the State Health Commissioner urging the ISDH to deny the application. The letter is available here.

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