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Texas woman chooses APR after out-of-state abortion

by | Apr 1, 2024

By Gayle Irwin

The Fort Worth Pregnancy Center received a call last year from a former client requesting help in reversing her abortion pill procedure. Today, that client has a healthy one-year-old son.

“She reached out to an abortion fund who paid for her to get an abortion,” said Jamie Bryant, development director for the Fort Worth Pregnancy Center. “This was after the heartbeat bill in Texas so she couldn’t get an abortion in Texas.

“They paid for her flight, her hotel, and all of her abortion pill expenses,” Bryant said. “She got there, and she took the first of the two pills, and they sent her home with instructions to take the other one after she got back home.”

However, something happened on the plane trip back to Texas.

“On the plane ride, she started bleeding a little bit,” Bryant said. “I think it really just hit her what was happening, and she said she was just overcome by regret and sadness for her decision.”

“Tania” (a pseudonym) contacted the Fort Worth Pregnancy Center.

“She was my client a few years ago,” Bryant said.

“She actually ended up choosing abortion for that pregnancy,” said Bryant, “but I think it goes to show how even our clients that choose abortion feel like we are a safe place, that we care about them because the second time she got pregnant she chose abortion, she did not contact us – she just used that abortion fund. However, she called us when she landed at the airport.”

Tania didn’t know about Abortion Pill Reversal (APR), Bryant said. However, something prompted her to reach out to people she knew.

“I hadn’t spoken to her in almost a year,” Bryant said. “Obviously, our services and our care for her made an impression because when she was overcome with sadness and regret and wanted someone to talk to, she called us.”

Tania was invited to the center for an ultrasound, which she received in just a few hours.

“We saw a very healthy, bouncy baby, about 10 ½ weeks old,” Bryant said.

Deception at the abortion center

The Federal Drug Administration recommends abortion pills use up to only 10 weeks. Therefore, legally, the two-pill regime of mifepristone and misoprostol was improperly recommended and started. However, the agency now allows abortion pills by mail and sales through pharmacies. Neither provides oversight to that 10-week limit. Additionally, as in Tania’s case, some abortion facilities push the pills beyond the 10-weeks of gestation.

“I was in the sonogram with her,” Bryant said. “We told her, ‘Well we’re going to see if your baby is still alive and healthy. There’s a chance you might be able to reverse this abortion.’”

“We told her about the Abortion Pill Reversal process, so she understood that that’s what we were doing with the sonogram,” said Bryant. “I expected her to be very happy that we were seeing this healthy baby on the screen, but she looked upset.”

“So, after the sonogram, I asked her about it, about what her emotions were,” Bryant continued, “and she told me that she had had a sonogram at the abortion clinic but they didn’t show her the screen and they told her there was nothing to see. So that made her angry when she saw our sonogram, which of course revealed a totally different story.”

 Receiving help

Bryant and her colleagues connected their client with Heartbeat International’s Abortion Pill Rescue Network® (APRN) and an APR doctor in the area. The physician prescribed the progesterone treatment, an updated application of a decades-old treatment to combat miscarriage that counteracts the first abortion drug. Fort Worth Pregnancy Center donors jumped in to pay for the prescription, and today Tania and Michael (a pseudonym) are making a life together.

The pregnancy center’s donors helped the young mother in other ways, too, Bryant said.

“Our donors continued to walk with her and support her,” she said. “We got her a brand new, top-of-the line Spectra breast pump. When she called me and told me she had had her baby, and said she was unable to get a breast pump, I just put an e-mail out to our donors, and it was like, instantaneous! We gave her other baby items and stuff she needed. They just love to support these women!”

Pregnancy help ministries like Fort Worth Pregnancy Center go beyond helping pregnant women choose life for their unborn children. Centers provide resources, whether in the community or at the center itself. Many offer housing and still others provide prenatal and post-natal care as well as women’s healthcare services, whether directly or through partnerships. And pregnancy help offers information on all options women have, including a second chance to choose life through APR.

APR gives women another chance at life

Earlier this year, Heartbeat announced more than 5,000 unborn lives had been saved because of APR and that more than 1,400 healthcare providers are part of the APRN. These statistics show APR works and that women seek that second-chance to save their pregnancies from the peril of abortion pills, despite critics of the protocol. Tania and her son are among those positive outcomes.

“[Tania] is just very grateful for the center, for the resources, for the hope we gave her when she was just hopeless after landing on that plane flight,” Bryant said. “We serve a God of second chances. It’s never too late for redemption. God can take your biggest mistakes and use them for his purposes.”

Editor’s note: Heartbeat International manages the Abortion Pill Rescue® Network (APRN) and Pregnancy Help News where this appeared. Reposted with permission.