29 of 36 women maintained pregnancies after taking abortion pill reversal: survey
Published January 23, 2024A majority of women who underwent abortion pill reversal in an attempt to save their unborn baby said that decision was much easier than the agonizing decision to take abortion pills to terminate their pregnancy, according to a new study.
The Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the pro-life advocacy group Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, surveyed 36 women who had undergone the abortion pill reversal (APR) process. The study, published on Dec. 5 in Cureus, asked the women whether their decisions to pursue an abortion and then a reversal were “very difficult, somewhat difficult, neither easy nor difficult, somewhat easy, [or] very easy.”
In a medication abortion, women are given two drugs: mifepristone (also known as RU-486) and misoprostol. Mifepristone works by blocking the effects of the natural pregnancy hormone progesterone. Misoprostol induces contractions and a miscarriage.
Because mifepristone blocks progesterone, pregnant mothers seeking APR are given a high dose of progesterone to hold the baby in place.
All of the women who responded to the survey had contacted an APR hotline within 72 hours of taking mifepristone. One woman ultimately chose to have an abortion. However, 18 other women surveyed delivered their babies to term. Six of the pregnant women suffered a miscarriage despite attempting an abortion reversal, and the remaining 11 were still pregnant at the time of the study’s conclusion.