The Woman's New Life Center, which provides a so-called "abortion reversal" treatment, may open a new clinic next to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in New Orleans in 2017.
"We work with the doctors that are trained in that protocol," Angela Thomas, the Woman's New Life Center CEO, told The Advocate. "It’s really a beautiful program."
Dr. Susan Caldwell of the Woman's New Life Center said the treatment is for pregnant women who have recently ingested the first (mifepristone) of two (misoprostol) abortion pills.
In an "abortion reversal," a pregnant woman is given a large dose of progesterone during the first trimester, and that dose is supposed to reverse the effects of mifepristone.
The Advocate notes that "abortion reversal" via progesterone is not approved by the FDA.
Dr. George Delgado, the medical director of Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) organization, came up with the controversial treatment in 2012, reported The Daily Beast in May.
A position paper by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) does not support this action:
Claims of medication abortion reversal are not supported by the body of scientific evidence, and this approach is not recommended in ACOG’s clinical guidance on medication abortion. There are no ACOG guidelines that support this course of action. ...
Misoprostol is the second drug in the combination, and the evidence-based regimen for medication abortion includes mifepristone taken first and then misoprostol taken at a later point to complete the abortion.
Because medication abortion requires this combination of medications, many women will not abort just from using the first medication. In 30-50% of women who take mifepristone alone, the pregnancy will continue. ...
Taking mifepristone (without misoprostol) will not always cause abortion by itself, so no intervention may lead to the same result as this case series.
There are no reliable research studies to prove that any treatment reverses the effects of mifepristone.
In addition to "abortion reversal" at the New Orleans location, the Woman’s New Life Center plans to provide natural family planning counseling (no birth control), counseling for women who have had abortions, counseling for pregnant women, yearly gynecological exams and STD testing.
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast said in a statement: "Organizations that attempt to deceive women seeking urgent reproductive health care with inaccurate and misleading information are a threat to the safety of women in Louisiana."
Sources: The Advocate, The Daily Beast, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists / Photo Credit: Woman's New Life Center