Over the weekend, retired neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson broke ranks with his fellow pro-lifers by telling the liberal blog ThinkProgress that he believes it is premature to support abortion pill reversal.
“Generally speaking,” Carson said, “the scientific method requires accumulating data, accumulating evidence and making sure that it’s statistically significant.” He did not suggest the concept of the practice was wrong or rule out supporting it after more studies had been done.
Live Action News has previously reported on multiple cases of successful abortion pill reversal, a technique in which a woman who has changed her mind after taking the first pill of the RU-486 regimen, instead of taking the second pill, undergoes progesterone therapy to reverse its effects and save her child’s life. Most recent was the story of Andrea Minichini, whose son Gabriel was successfully saved by a New Jersey doctor.
78 babies have been born since the technique’s first use in 2007, with another 49 successfully gestating after reversal. Abortion pill reversal pioneer Dr. George Delgado has also released videos explaining the science of the procedure.
Overall, Dr. Carson has been a consistent pro-life advocate, having compared abortion to slavery and calling it a “heathen” practice. At Friday’s annual National Right to Life Conference, he condemned “the baby killers” for “capitaliz[ing] on people’s lack of knowledge” of embryology and declared, “There is nothing that you have that is more valuable than your life.”