On Wednesday, amidst the predictable misinformation from Indiana’s abortion advocates, a kernel of truth flashed some light before the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee.
Speaking on H.B. 1577, Tracey Wilkinson, a pro-abortion Indiana pediatrician, said, “As a physician, we take an oath to do no harm to our patients. This bill would require us to break that oath.”
To the contrary.
H.B. 1577 undoes the harm that professed “physicians” would commit against both of their patients in initiating a chemical abortion.
The proposal, passed by the House in February, would require that women be given information on abortion pill reversal ahead of a chemical abortion.
Commonly referred to as “the abortion pill,” a chemical abortion is actually two drugs. The first drug, mifepristone works by blocking a woman’s progesterone receptors, starving the unborn baby of the hormone needed to sustain a healthy pregnancy. The second drug, typically misoprostol, finishes the abortion, forcing the woman to deliver her deceased baby. This tragedy often occurs at home.
These are clear and obvious harms that abortionists commit against innocent human beings every day in the state of Indiana, across the U.S., and around the world. Without a doubt, abortion is a violation of the Hippocratic oath and an offense to the practice of good, ethical medicine.
Thankfully, there are heroic doctors who are willing to honor the Hippocratic oath and undo the harm caused by those who betrayed their calling.
More than a decade ago, physicians George Delgado and Matt Harrison began offering a treatment now known as abortion pill reversal.
Today, their network has expanded to about 1,000 medical providers around the globe–a group known as the Abortion Pill Rescue Network.
Now, if a woman changes her mind and calls the 24/7 Abortion Pill Rescue Network helpline (877-558-0333) before taking the second drug in the chemical abortion protocol, there may be hope.
When administered within 72 hours of taking mifepristone, the abortion pill reversal protocol has a 68 percent success rate in saving unborn babies. According to the Abortion Pill Rescue Network, the treatment has saved more than 2,000 babies from in-progress chemical abortions.
Those are 2,000 lives spared from the harm that abortionists intended.
H.B. 1577 does not force women to undergo abortion pill reversal; it merely cements their informed consent and gives them the opportunity to save their children from an unimaginable fate.
And that preservation of informed consent protects women from harm, too. With the knowledge that abortion pill reversal exists, they can seek out the treatment as soon as regret sinks in, sparing them the heartache that so many women experience after enduring the trauma of an abortion.
Indiana OB-GYN Christina Francis has been a champion of abortion pill reversal in the Indiana Statehouse, advocating for H.B. 1577 with both facts and heart. Other physicians, such as Brent Boles of Tennessee, William Lile of Florida, and Poppy Daniels of Missouri, are all telling their stories of helping mothers rescue their babies from in-progress chemical abortions.
And in so doing, they are honoring and restoring the Hippocratic oath for patients who should have been protected by it in the first place.