I pride myself on being “the good one” in an discussion. Up until you’ve blatantly crossed a line, I’ll bend over backwards to give you a fair hearing and treat you as a worthy opponent.
The anti-choice movement crossed my line years ago. It is so blatantly dishonest that I drop all pretense of being a nice guy. Like for instance, have you heard of “abortion reversal?”
“Abortion reversal” is a procedure—I hate to even use that word when it’s really more an experiment—in which progesterone is injected into a patient after she has taken mifepristone in an effort to reverse its effects. It was developed by an anti-abortion doctor named George Delgado. In 2012 in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Delgado claimed to have injected progesterone into six women to reverse the effects of mifepristone, which resulted in four of those women giving birth. In a 2014 presentation to the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, he claimed 30 more live births. But, outside of the 2012 paper about the six women, there’s no real information available on the safety or efficacy of this largely untested procedure.
Yep, a medical doctor is offering an untested medical procedure in the name of savin’ teh babbys. But, compare and contrast:
RU486 (mifepristone) has proved to be a remarkably active antiprogesterone and antiglucocorticosteroid agent in human beings. The mechanism of action involves the intracellular receptors of the antagonized hormones (progesterone and glucocorticosteroids).
So that quack is doing nothing to compensate for the loss of glucocorticosteroids. It’s more than slightly reckless, and for what? Does this guy think women chose to have abortions on a whim, only to realize with sudden horror what they’re doing midway through? That’s simply not the case, as Amanda Marcotte dryly notes.
Even the Women’s Choice Center director Vicki Tyler told Vocativ that, although they are offering the procedure, so far they have not performed any.
So why make a procedure no-one would use?
[Dr. Daniel] Grossman says that the progesterone probably won’t hurt a woman if she’s under medical supervision, but he’s concerned that the advertising of this procedure could mislead the public about the prevalence of abortion regret.
And there we go. This procedure is not about helping women, it’s about creating another way to spread shame, guilt, and misery. Yet more evidence the anti-choice movement is dishonest to the core.