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Drop in Abortions in U.S. a Victory for Pro-Life Movement but Rights of Unborn Still far off

Drop in Abortions in U.S. a Victory for Pro-Life Movement but Rights of Unborn Still far off

"All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others."--Archbishop Desmond Tutu

By Georgette Forney
December 11, 2017

Have you ever thought what your life would look like if it depended on how someone else felt about you? Human life is innately designed to be valuable, treasured, and protected, despite what culture tells us. With approximately 1 million children being aborted each year in the United States, many couples face unwanted or unexpected pregnancies. These unborn children are at risk more than ever as being labeled as worthless.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the abortion rate in the U.S. has fallen to its lowest level in more than four decades. While the overarching abortion rates are still devastating to contemplate, this decrease could be considered a victory for the pro-life movement; organizations that have been persevering for the rights of unborn children and the well-being of their mothers, like Anglicans for Life and the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, sure consider the lives saved a win. While the decline has coincided with the closure of abortion clinics across the nation, experts have unfortunately chosen to attribute it to the more effective use of contraception and the falling pregnancy rate within the United States. So, the question remains, are pro-lifers succeeding in their efforts?

Pro-life organizations and life advocates experience great joys in the victories, but also the greatest of sorrows in the losses. It can at times feel like an endless battle, but we have made it our mission to love the mother, who is facing a decision that will impact the rest of her life, and the baby, whose value should not be defined by how the parents feel about him/her.

A common misconception is that when we advocate for the baby, we simultaneously condemn the mother. Frankly, that could not be further from the truth. We are pro-life and pro-woman simply because women deserve better than what abortion brings them: emotional trauma, spiritual anguish, physical harm, and the mental scars they must struggle with for the rest of their lives. Women deserve better. They deserve to be nurtured, to be protected, to be empathized with, to be empowered, and to be set free. Women were never created to be depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed, or unworthy. Serrin Foster, President of Feminists for Life, puts it this way: "No matter how it is worded or performed, abortion hurts women. This won't stop until women stand up in unison and say, 'This is unacceptable. We deserve better.'"

A great example of a woman who has jumped right into the battle for life after realizing that she, and every other woman, deserves better, is AFL Chapter Leader and Silent No More Awareness Regional Coordinator, Lauren Kretzer. She currently is serving at St. John's Anglican Church in Southampton, Pennsylvania. Lauren shares that "I suffered in silence because I thought that I was the only one in the church who had made the choice of abortion. What I did not know then was that all around me were people suffering as a result of an abortion, on the streets, in the church pews, and behind the pulpits." She has dedicated her time and energy to making sure that members of her parish know that they must be providing healing and forgiveness through the love of Jesus Christ.

While we can't encapsulate all of the work being done for life in a few short paragraphs, we are confident that despite what the secular media is reporting, the Lord is the one lowering abortion rates... not birth control. The Lord is changing hearts and healing souls through pro-life advocacy and people who are dedicated to declaring His truth and goodness in all life issues.

Deacon Georgette Forney is President, Anglicans for Life and Co-Founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. She is based in Sewickley, PA. AFL is a pro-life ministry of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and internationally associated with some members of the Anglican Communion. AFL educates and provides pastoral resources on the right to life position on the issues of abortion, assisted suicide, elderly care, and cloning


Doctor Reverses Abortion Drug After Mom Changes Mind, Gives Birth to Beautiful Baby

By Steven Ertelt
Dec. 10. 2017

It's not commonly known that the RU 486 abortion drug process can be reversed if a mother changes her mind about the abortion in time.

However, a protocol has already been developed for helping women who changed their minds about going through with a multi-day second-trimester abortion after it's been started. The process, which involves reversing a second trimester abortions by removing the laminaria, can be used as long as the abortion practitioner has not yet done the lethal injection that destroys the life of the unborn baby.

The protocol for these sorts of abortion drug reversals was created back in 2007. The following is a story about the creator of the process and how he helped a young woman named Ashley give birth after she changed her mind about abortion:

Dr. Matthew Harrison had a visit from a 20-year old woman named Ashley. She was seven weeks pregnant, but she feared for the life of her baby -- not because there was anything wrong with the pregnancy, but because, two days earlier, she had taken RU-486 at an abortion mill. Now, she had changed her mind about having the abortion and wanted to see if the baby could be saved!

The RU-486 process requires taking the drug itself (called mifiprex) at the abortion mill, and then taking a second drug (called cytotec or misoprostol) three days later on one's own. Ashley had taken the mifiprex, but had not yet taken the cytotec. Now in a small percentage of cases, the RU-486 will not kill the baby by itself. It's normal function, however, is to starve the unborn child by interfering with the working of progesterone. The RU-486 goes to the cells that receive the progesterone and block them, so that the real progesterone cannot do its work. This would be analogous to putting a counterfeit key into a keyhole so that it fits but cannot turn the lock to open the door. Meanwhile, the real key cannot go in. The cytotec, then, will induce contractions so that a dead baby is delivered.

Dr. Harrison had not faced such a situation before. Ashley told him that her boyfriend had pushed for the abortion. But after she took the RU-486, Ashley thought to herself, "O My God, what have I done?" She told her mother what had happened, and her mom called a local pregnancy center. The center then referred her to Dr. Harrison.

The doctor excused himself, went into another room, and prayed. He consulted a number of medical resources, and decided to give Ashley a progesterone treatment. With an extra dose of progesterone, he thought, maybe the effects of the counterfeit progesterone could be overcome. It was worth a try. This was not, however, without its risks, about which he clearly informed Ashley. He told her, first of all, that this effort might not work, and her baby might die anyway. He also told her that this effort might prolong the death process, or might bring additional complications to her or her child, or might even kill her. Ashley was courageous, and signed the consent form saying, "Whatever happens is in God's hands -- I just pray that my baby will be OK."

She took the shot, and she began bleeding that weekend. But then the bleeding stopped, and with continued progesterone treatment by Dr. Harrison, the pregnancy continued normally. Dr. Daniel L. Holland, who is Dr. Harrison's partner, delivered a healthy baby girl named Kaylie -- a survivor of an attempted RU-486 abortion!

Earlier this year, a new paper profiled how the RU 486 abortion drug process can be reversed -- an amazing given that millions of unborn children have died from the mifepritsone abortion drug since the Clinton administration approved it.

Dr. Mary Davenport, President of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), co-authored the new paper, which appears in The Annals of Pharmacotherapy.

"We have a series of 6 women who attempted reversal of RU-486 (mifepristone) abortions, and 4/6 successfully went on to have term babies. There were no complications," she tells LifeNews. "For physicians interested in providing RU-486 reversal, and patients who need this service Dr George Delgado has established a web site and a hot line."

"Unlike surgical abortions which are immediately lethal, RU-486 (mifepristone) works over a period of 36-72 hours," he notes. "The drug binds to progesterone receptors in the uterine lining, blocking progesterone from binding. That's key, as progesterone is the hormone that keeps the uterine lining (endometrium) intact."

"If progesterone is blocked by RU-486, then the endometrium begins to break down, losing its ability to supply the baby's placenta with oxygen and food. Over a period of a couple of days, the baby is suffocated as the placenta detaches. At that point the drug misoprostol is ingested, inducing uterine contractions to expel the baby," he added. "The good news is that women can receive shots of progesterone if the baby is still alive. These shots will overwhelm the RU-486 and keep the endometrium intact. Dr. Davenport has sent along a few links that are helpful."

A former abortion practitioner confirms the process can be reversed.

"In a second or third trimester abortion, the woman goes to the abortionist to have laminaria (seaweed sticks) inserted to begin dilating her cervix prior to the abortion itself. If she changes her mind, abortion clinics often say they can't stop the procedure now. But that's a lie," according to the group Pro-Life Action League. "Former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino (M.D., Esq.) explains that this is a simple procedure and that the pregnancy can still be safely carried to term."


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