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A Second Chance

Friday, March 13, 2015

We’ve all made decisions we’ve later regretted – some more serious than others.

Sadly, some of the most devastating stories of regret come from women who have an abortion and later wish they had chosen life.

This was the case of an Arizona woman who visited Dr. Allan Sawyer last month. Dr. Sawyer is a board certified OB-GYN and one of the nation’s leading pro-life doctors.

Thanks to Dr. Sawyer, this woman’s story has not ended in tragedy. Read the story below from Dr. Sawyer’s testimony before a legislative committee on Wednesday in support of a new amendment to CAP-supported SB 1318:

Madam Chair, members of the committee: Good morning! My name is Dr. Allan Sawyer. I have been an obstetrician/gynecologist physician in Arizona since 1989, having trained at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, and I have been in private practice in Glendale since 1992. 

Most recently I am the immediate past president of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists and currently am the chairman of the Ethics Committee at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center where I also have served on the Medical Executive Committee for the past decade. 

Over my career I have delivered over 10,000 babies on three different continents and have cared for over 16,000 women in Arizona. 

This morning I would like to take this opportunity to support the proposed amendment to SB 1318, which ensures abortion providers inform women that if a woman changes her mind, it may be possible to reverse a medication abortion after the first pill is taken but that time is of the essence.

I have spoken to hundreds of my patients about their past elective abortions, some of which have occurred within hours, and some of which occurred decades ago. The common thread between these women is the regret that they harbor in having chosen abortion. 

The abortion pill RU-486 (mifepristone) is a potent antagonist of progesterone and cortisol. The antiprogestational effects of RU-486 (mifepristone) will result in fetal death, as progesterone is essential for fetal growth and survival. Natural micronized progesterone supplementation, either by intramuscular injections or by oral administration, can be used to overcome the antiprogestational properties of RU-486 (mifepristone). 

Just last month a young woman walked into the Glendale Planned Parenthood office, 10 weeks pregnant grieving over the recent loss of her father. Thinking that this, her first pregnancy was conceived at an unfortunate time, she was given RU-486, to cause a medication abortion. 

Within hours she regretted her decision, and the next morning she went back to the Planned Parenthood office on Eugie and begged them to reverse the effect of the pill.

She was told by the Planned Parenthood staff that she had to complete the process or else she would have complications and get an infection. 

While still standing in the clinic waiting room, she Googled abortion pill reversal on her cell phone, where she connected to a national call center that pairs women in the midst of a medication abortion with physicians who are willing to help save the lives of their unborn babies. Within 45 minutes she was in my office where I showed her on ultrasound her 10 week fetus with a heartbeat and moving inside of her womb. 

I started her on a protocol of high dose progesterone to undo the lethal effects of the antiprogesterone medication RU-486 (mifepristone). Because she had used all of her available money to pay for her abortion at Planned Parenthood and she didn’t have enough money to pay for the progesterone, I personally paid for her medication at a local pharmacy. She is now past her first trimester, and her baby is now out of danger and doing well, and has a due date in September.

Natural micronized progesterone supplementation has been used for years in obstetrics, gynecology, and infertility care. The safety of progesterone supplementation during pregnancy has been well established, and this is used routinely for high risk pregnancies such as those conceived through in vitro fertilization and also for pregnancies at risk of preterm labor. 

Administration of supplemental progesterone to women who have taken RU-486 (mifepristone) can overcome the antiprogestational effects of the RU-486 (mifepristone), support the early pregnancy, and effectively stop the medical abortion from occurring. 

Madam Chair and members of the committee, as a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist licensed in the State of Arizona for over a quarter of a century, I testify to you today that abortion is not healthcare.

I also opine that women who have initiated a medication abortion process and who change their minds, for whatever reason, should not have their baby stolen from them because Planned Parenthood, or any abortionist, withheld life-saving facts or provided misinformation to these women.

If it wasn’t for Dr. Sawyer and the abortion pill reversal, this woman would have lost her child due to Planned Parenthood’s staff telling her there was no hope for her child.

This is a story that needs to be told. Not only because Planned Parenthood misled the young woman, but because she ever thought Planned Parenthood was a trustworthy organization. This is a story that saves lives.

Help us spread the word and expose Planned Parenthood by sharing Dr. Sawyer’s testimony today on Facebook. Many – even in the pro-life community – do not know that the abortion pill may be reversible.

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