Woman shares her story about seeking abortion reversal

FILE - This Sept. 22, 2010 file photo shows bottles of the abortion-inducing drug RU-486 in Des Moines, Iowa. A new study published Tuesday, May 16, 2017 shows medical abortions done at home with online help and pills sent by mail appear to be just as safe as those done at a clinic. The research tracked 1,000 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland, who used a website to get abortion pills by mail and get around strict abortion laws. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A decision many women have made is taking RU 486, an abortion-inducing drug.

One Pennsylvania college student took it and changed her mind.

She didn’t want us to use her real name, but she did want us to share her journey. We will call her Samantha.

“I had an unplanned pregnancy and I was thinking about abortion. I took the abortion pill and I had regret immediately, so I went to Google and started searching if there was any way to undo what I did, and I came across a reversal number and I contacted the number,” she said.

Samantha called Hope Within, a community health center in Elizabethtown.

Hope Within offers free primary care services to those in need.

Doctor’s used progesterone, the hormone that sustains a pregnancy, to reverse the drugs that induce an abortion.

“If we can inject large doses of progesterone into a woman that can overcome that blocking effect RU 486 such it prevents the detachment of the embryo from the wall of the uterus,” explained Dr. Eric Hussar with Hope Within Community Health Center.

Dr. Hussar says a woman must act fast, getting progesterone within 24 hours of taking RU 486.

“In the experience of the abortion pill reversal program, nobody has been able to carry a pregnancy more than 72 hours after taken the pill if they haven’t received progesterone,” said Dr. Matthew Weitzel with South East Lancaster Health Services.

As for Samantha, after taking progesterone and receiving an ultrasound she found out she was having twins, boy and a girl, both now 1 year old and healthy.

“I’m very happy I made the choice I did to continue the pregnancy,” Samantha said.

Doctors Hussar and Weitzel say progesterone seems to be very safe for use in pregnancy and side effects are rare. They say over 50 percent of women treated through the program delivered healthy children.

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