Chemical abortions now make up the majority of abortions in Indiana, according to a new report from the Indiana State Department of Health.
Released at the end of June, the 2020 Terminated Pregnancy Report revealed that last year, 55 percent of abortions were completed using a drug combination often referred to as the “abortion pill.”
In 2019, 44 percent of abortions in Indiana were carried out in this way.
Chemical abortions like these actually involve two drugs: mifepristone and misprostol. The first, mifepristone, blocks a woman’s progesterone receptors, cutting off the natural hormone needed to sustain a healthy pregnancy. This starves the baby of what she needs to survive in the womb.
The second drug, misoprostol, induces labor, forcing a woman to deliver her dead child. Horrifically, this often occurs when she is at home, outside the care of medical professionals.
While it is not surprising that chemical abortions are now outpacing surgical ones, it is nevertheless alarming. Chemical abortions have been touted for their ease of access to abortion for decades.
And last year, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry preyed heavily on women’s fears, pedaling chemical abortions far and wide.
It’s no wonder that the abortion lobby pushed back so hard when Indiana Right to Life advocated for legislation requiring that abortionists inform patients of a potential antidote to a chemical abortion.
That antidote is abortion pill reversal.
First used more than a decade ago by physicians George Delgado and Matt Harrison, abortion pill reversal works by flooding a woman’s body with progesterone in an attempt to re-stabilize the pregnancy and save the woman’s preborn baby.
The treatment has had wide success. When used within 72 hours of taking the first chemical abortion drug, abortion pill reversal has a 68 percent rate of success in saving preborn babies.
To date, the protocol has saved more than 2,000 babies from in-progress chemical abortions.
Now, dozens of women are coming forward to share their stories and show their thanks for the precious babies they rescued using the abortion pill reversal treatment.
With these success stories in mind, Indiana Right to Life advocated for an informed consent piece that would give women information on the protocol, making way for another choice for women. The initiative was signed into law in May.
But abortion advocates quickly sued the state of Indiana to put a stop to informing women about this life-saving option.
Tragically, a federal judge blocked the law from taking effect on July 1—an announcement which came on the same day as the release of Indiana’s abortion report.
Going forward, fewer women will be aware of the option to reverse the life-taking effects of a chemical abortion. Fewer women will have access to this choice.
And all of this will be aided by other harmful policies, including one issued by the Biden Administration in April. That decision involved removing restrictions on mailing abortion drugs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
All the while, pro-abortion Democrats in Congress are also pushing the Biden Administration to loosen health and safety restrictions on the drugs via the FDA.
Since the 1990s, the “abortion pill” has been heralded as the “new frontier” for abortion. Chemical abortions have had three decades to advance in taking the lives of innocent children, and abortion advocates are surely eyeing the coming decade for more of the same. If pro-lifers are to stop the onslaught, we most hold firm against further efforts to make DIY abortions and abortions-by-mail the way of the future.
And we must push back with the loving, proven antidote of abortion pill reversal. Chemical abortions do not guarantee a woman’s health, safety, or autonomy. They only guarantee a child’s death and lost motherhood.