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Study Shows Dangers Of Abortion Reversal Treatments Leaving a Question mark on Anti-Abortion Laws in US

The American Medical Associations have filed a lawsuit for blocking North Dakota anti-abortion laws forcing doctors to tell pregnant women that the medication-reversed abortion can be reversed and is scientifically unsound.

Several states requiring doctors to provide women who seek medication abortions with the doubtful information that the process could be stopped and allows the pregnancy to continue.

The researchers tried to carry out a legitimate study on the efficacy and safety of these abortion reversal medications but they had to stop it immediately because some of the women who participated, experienced severe hemorrhaging which made them hospitalized.

An OB/GYN at the University of California at Davis HealthMitchell D. Creinin who researched with the help of his colleagues said that the halted study showed the alarming dangers of anti-abortion laws that pushed women towards unproven treatments and disinformation. Creinin said that the approval of these abortion reversal laws, the states is encouraging the ladies to participate in the unmonitored experiment.

This study is published in the journal “Contraception”

Medication abortions consist of intake of two pills in order, up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. The first pill, mifepristone loses attachment of the pregnancy to the uterus. The second pill in the regimen, misoprostol forces uterus contraction to push out the pregnancy. The pills should be taken consecutively for complete abortion. There are chances of continuity of pregnancy if the second pill is not taken in sequence.

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According to the Guttmacher Institute, almost 862,320 abortions were reported in the clinical settings in 2017. About 38% of them were medication abortions. The research demonstrated that these drugs are a safe way to end a pregnancy.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists stated that the claims regarding abortion reversal treatments are not science-based and don’t meet the standards and the supported studies lack the scientific basis and ethics.

In spite of this, the claims of these discredited studies have led the way to antiabortion lawmakers that have out them in turn into abortion reversal laws that were approved or signed by the governors in North Dakota, Idaho, South Dakota, Utah, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. These laws are now blocked in North Dakota and Oklahoma.

There is no reliable research on these treatments. Creinin and his colleagues developed a legitimate double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that focused to observe 40 volunteers who were already chosen to have surgical abortions.

They aimed to see if progesterone given to the women who have taken the first pill in the regimen would halt the abortion safely and effectively, rather than taking the second pills, misoprostol, they were either given a dose of progesterone or a placebo.

A total number of 12 women were enrolled in this study. Bleeding is normal in medication abortion. But three of them experienced very serious bleeding than the others when the second pill was not administered. Researchers in the result halted the study as it became clear that the treatment isn’t safe. The researchers have warned that the patients in early pregnancy using mifepristone may be at higher risk of significant hemorrhage.

American Medical Association’s President Patrice A. Harris told that such laws compel health care professionals and physicians to provide patients with misleading and false information that isn’t scientifically based. He said there will be strong opposition against law or regulation that will restrict the ability of honest conversation with the patients about the health and health-care treatments.


Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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