The following article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of the MCFL News magazine, a perk of membership mailed out quarterly to all members.
These numbers are incredibly encouraging! Nationally, the number of abortions per year is down by 38% since the high. In Massachusetts the number is down by 60%! The national abortion rate (abortions per 1000 women) is 14.6, half what it was in 1981, the lowest it has been since Roe v Wade. There are 18.8 abortions for every 100 pregnancies – lower than any time since Roe v Wade. The number of abortion providers nationally is about half what it was at the height in 1982.Read more
By Nancy Valko
This month, CBS News aired a news story titled “Why Down Syndrome in Iceland Has Almost Disappeared” . Iceland encourages all expectant mothers to test their unborn babies for birth defects and, when a probable (85% accuracy, according to the show) Down Syndrome diagnosis is made, almost all mothers have an abortion. This is the highest percentage of all countries. But Down Syndrome is not being “eradicated”. The children are.Read more
By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Abandonment and coercion. Those are the two words we hear from women who have had abortions. Here is another story featuring those words and telling us how abortion is horrible for a woman. It is very well-written and makes the sadness so real.
It seemed to be a foregone conclusion that I would have an abortion—everyone in whom I confided my situation presumed that’s what I would do. Not a single person asked me if I wanted my baby, or suggested adoption as an alternative. They spoke about “the abortion” as if it were a reality already in existence, a decision already made: When are you getting the abortion? I bet you can’t wait to have the abortion. Don’t worry, you’ll feel better after the abortion.
By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr, Director of Community Engagement of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Senate Bill 754 on “safeguarding the health care decisions of young adults” seeks to lower the age of consent for abortion from eighteen years old to sixteen. What this bill would really do is make teenage girls less safe.Read more
One of the more technical, but also most hopeful, presentations from our recent convention came from Dr. Mark Rollo, who enlightened the audience to the latest developments concerning abortion pill reversal. Dr. Rollo described new protocols to help women reverse RU-486 chemical abortions, a technique which uses two drugs: mifepristone (AKA RU-486) and misoprostol. In many cases, Dr. Rollo said, if massive dosages of progesterone are given after the mifepristone, but before the misoprostol, it is possible that the mother can bear the baby to term with no ill effects.
He noted that 18-25% of abortions are performed with mifepristone each year. That amounts to about 200,000 to 300,000. It is usually administered to the mother to be followed two days later by the misoprostol, giving a 48 hour window for her to change her mind. The drug combination is allowed for use up to 63 days after the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP).
Dr. Rollo also discussed how the progesterone reversal works and the success rate in actual patients, with most resulting in healthy babies. He said of the calls to the AbortionPillReversal.com national hotline number between May 2012 and February 2016, about 43% of the women go on to receive progesterone to attempt reversal and the approximate success rate has been 55% overall. Women in 45 states and 13 countries have participated in the abortion pill reversal.
Abortion pill reversal is not without its challenges though. With the short window of opportunity, it can be difficult to convince women to reverse the effects of the pill. Some women, despite assurances, are concerned about possible birth defects. They also face pressures from abortion clinics and lack of emotional support from friends and family. There is also a lack of the necessary progesterone in most doctors’ offices, as they do not often keep injectable progesterone on hand and it only has a shelf life of 3 to 6 months.
Dr. Rollo also noted that more work needs to be done to develop new and alternate protocols for the use of progesterone in this manner to find the most effective methods.
And because time is of the essence, all pro-lifers should be ready to direct women to the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline and web site, which are available 24/7.
The web site is www.abortionpillreversal.com and the phone number is 877-558-0333. This is a nationwide hotline with more than 300 doctors across the country participating. Dr. Rollo encouraged pro-lifers to invite pro-life medical professionals—including doctors, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, and midwives—to join the APR network.