The Abortion Pill Rescue Network, run by Heartbeat International’s Option Line, has seen an approximately 30 percent increase in calls since the premiere of the pro-life film “Unplanned,” which tells the story of former Planned Parenthood center director Abby Johnson’s conversion.
At the end of the film, filmmakers placed information on abortion pill reversal as well as for And Then There Were None (ATTWN), a ministry that seeks to assist abortion industry workers in leaving their jobs and finding new ones outside the industry. As Live Action News recently reported, ATTWN has seen an additional 94 abortion workers reaching out for help since the “Unplanned” movie hit theaters.
Andrea Trudden of Heartbeat International told The Catholic News Agency, “Calls to the hotline have been both from women inquiring about reversing their abortions, and from people interested in learning more about abortion pill reversal and how they can spread the word.” Trudden noted that the sudden surge in phone calls was “definitely very interesting. We do believe that [the sudden surge] was attributed to Unplanned, specifically.”
In the film, Abby Johnson’s brutal personal experience with the abortion pill is portrayed. Johnson says she passed lemon-sized clots and had such terrible pain that she stayed in her bathroom for 12 hours and then, fearing she would bleed too heavily to be in her bed, slept on the bathroom floor. Johnson says she bled for eight weeks after she took the combination of mifepristone and misoprostol. According to former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino — and according to the Planned Parenthood that Johnson called the next day — bleeding like this with medication abortion is not unusual. But Johnson says Planned Parenthood wasn’t fully honest with her about how painful and scary chemical abortion could be. The abortion pill is presented as the more “natural” abortion option:
In an abortion pill reversal, writes CNA, “If an ultrasound confirms the unborn baby is still viable,” after having taken mifepristone only, “the mother is given a large dose of progesterone to reverse the effects of mifepristone, with additional doses of progesterone needed throughout the first trimester.”
Trudden told CNA that there’s a “64-68 percent success rate” for women seeking to reverse their chemical abortions.
A study of sucessfully reversed abortions indicated good health outcomes for the children, Trudden said, with no increase in birth defects and even an overall lower preterm delivery rate than the general population.
Since 2012, when the APRN was established, more than 500 babies have been born after their abortions were reversed. Trudden told CNA that there are currently 150 women expecting babies in the near future after reversing their abortions.
If you or someone you know is having second thoughts about having taken mifepristone, the first medication in the abortion pill regimen, please contact Abortion Pill Rescue for help.
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