Dr. Daniel Grossman, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, said he doubts many women are seeking abortion reversal. In a 2015 study, he found that less than 0.004 percent of women taking mifepristone in the U.S. later chose to continue the pregnancy.
“It’s very, very rare that women are in this situation where they need the therapy,” Grossman said. “If Delgado and other colleagues want to study this in a rigorous way, it could be useful, and then we would know if it’s better to actually treat with the progesterone or just do watchful waiting.”
Several states, including Arkansas and South Dakota, require physicians to tell abortion-seeking patients that reversal is an option. California Assembly member Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, proposed similar legislation in 2016, but it didn’t make it out of the Assembly Health Committee.
Amy Everitt, state director of advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice California, said the unproven procedure is just another anti-abortion play from crisis pregnancy centers, or faith-based organizations that provide pregnancy counseling, as well as ultrasounds, sexually transmitted disease counseling and other services.
Source: The Sacramento Bee
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