On Jan. 29, CitizenLink, the political arm of the Christian ministry Focus on the Family, promoted a video (below) that featured a woman describing her abortion reversal.
CitizenLink describes the video, "Saving Gabriel," on its website as: "He was in the process of being aborted. Thankfully, his mom made the right choice."
A woman named Andrea recalled in the video how she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic for a medical abortion but changed her mind after she saw a sonogram at the clinic.
Andrea said the doctor tried to pressure her into taking an abortion pill (RU486) by noting her lack of finances, young age and lack of marital status.
After the doctor told Andrea how expensive the abortion pill was, she recalled taking it, running out of the clinic, and attempting to regurgitate the pill in the parking lot.
According to Andrea, she called the Planned Parenthood clinic three or four hours later and told them that she wanted to reverse the process, which someone at the clinic told her was impossible. The clinic employee also reportedly told Andrea that she would harm herself or the unborn baby by trying to do so.
Andrea recalled that about 25 or 26 hours into the abortion, she discovered there was a way to "reverse it." Andrea then reportedly called a doctor who was about an hour away. The doctor's office was closed, but the physician agreed to meet Andrea and help her.
According to Andrea, the doctor told her that she was about 48 hours into the abortion and wasn't sure if the baby could be saved. The doctor allegedly said if the baby's heartbeat was present, then the situation could be fixed.
Andrea didn't mention what procedure the doctor performed to reverse the abortion but went on to describe how her toddler Gabriel has given her the emotional support and strength to finish school and get a job.
The Atlantic reported in 2015 that a medical abortion includes two pills. The first pill, mifepristone, blocks the hormone progesterone which helps pregnancy in the early period. A second pill, misoprostol, ingested one to three days after the first pill, causes the uterus to contract and, if successful, expels the fetus.
Andrea does not mention taking a second pill in the CitizenLink video.
The Atlantic notes that an "abortion reversal" involves taking progesterone to counteract the first pill, which is based on pro-life gynecologist George Delgado's study of six patients, four of whom had normal pregnancies after the reversal procedure.
“It has no data behind it, absolutely no science to show that this is an effective method,” Dr. Ilana Addis, head of the Arizona chapter of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), told The New York Times in 2015.
“There’s no research,” Addis added. “It’s a series of case reports.”
According to the ACOG, in 30 percent to 50 percent of cases when women take only the first pill (mifepristone) their pregnancy will simply continue normally.