When women walk out our doors having confirmed an unplanned pregnancy, we know the reality is that they’re facing difficult circumstances and some choose abortion. While we offer hope and healing for those that do, what about for those who change their minds after they start the process?
On June 1, we launched Abortion Pill Reversal (APR). APR offers women who experience regret after taking the first of two pills in a chemical abortion a chance to reverse its effects. Here are some questions we frequently are asked about APR:
What is a chemical abortion?
The first pill taken in a chemical abortion is mifepristone pill, which blocks the natural progesterone a pregnant woman’s body makes to sustain the pregnancy. The second pill, misoprostol, is taken 36 to 72 hours later to cause contractions and expel the baby. (You can learn more on the Abortion Pill Rescue website.)
How does APR work?
Progesterone is often administered to pregnant women who have a history of miscarriage to help maintain their pregnancy. With APR, a progesterone regimen is administered to help make up for the natural progesterone being blocked by the mifepristone in order to increase the chances of maintaining the pregnancy.
What does APR look like at Bridgehaven?
At Bridgehaven, we have a hotline specifically for APR that is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because the progesterone must be administered within 72 hours after consumption of the mifepristone, members of our medical staff are always ready to come meet with the client at the center to begin the protocol.
With our APR protocol, the client will take progesterone orally every day until she reaches the 12th week of pregnancy. Ultrasounds will be performed periodically to confirm continued viability of the baby.
How successful is it?
According to the Abortion Pill Rescue website, initial studies have shown that it has a 64-68% success rate. The mifepristone sometimes fails to abort the pregnancy on its own, but these studies have shown that the APR protocol increases those chances (in sustaining the pregnancy). Since it was first developed by Dr. George Delgado and Dr. Matt Harrison in 2007, Delgado has reported that over 500 babies have been born after the APR protocol was administered.
How can I help?
We are only able to offer this at no cost to clients through the support of our generous donors. Continuing to support Bridgehaven financially is the most direct way you can be a part of this new, life-saving service.
We also need help getting the word out to those who need this service in our community, so talk about it with your acquaintances and share APR-related posts from our social media pages.