An interview with Dr. Matt Harrison, inventor of the Abortion Pill Reversal
By Victoria Robinson
Dr. Matt Harrison is a Family Practitioner in North Carolina. In 2006, he and his colleagues pioneered a medical breakthrough known as the Abortion Pill Reversal.
Currently, women in the United States who want an abortion in the first 10 weeks of their pregnancy are given RU-486, known as the abortion pill.
The abortion pill protocol is actually not one, but two pills. The first pill is called mifepristone and it stops the pregnancy from growing. The second pill, taken within 48 hours of the first, is misoprostol and causes an early miscarriage.
Many times, women who take the first abortion pill change their mind about ending the life of their unborn child. Before the Abortion Pill Reversal, there was nothing they could do. Today, these women have options.
To date, more than 1,000 children have been saved from RU-486.
Recently, I spoke with him about Abortion Pill Reversal and how it is saving lives all across the country.
VR: Tell us about yourself Dr. Harrison? Your background and education?
Dr. H: I went to the Medical College of Virginia where I received my degree in 1998 and continued to Mobile, Alabama for residency training. I then joined Northgate Family Medicine in Concord, N.C. in 2001. Presently, I’m an Assistant Professor with Campbell Osteopathic School of Medicine and serve as Assistant Medical Director for Abortion Pill Reversal.
VR: How did you come up with the Abortion Pill Reversal?
Dr. H: In 2006, a young lady was referred to me who had taken the first dose of RU-486, but hadn’t ingested the second pill, which induces labor. She wanted to know if there was anything we could do to save her baby. I explained that if we gave her extra progesterone [a hormone necessary to sustain pregnancy], we might be able to outcompete the abortion pill. She took the chance and received progesterone replacement therapy through injections for several weeks. Her daughter, Kaylie, was born in 2007 and is now a healthy 12-year-old.
VR: How does the Abortion Pill Reversal work? What’s the success rate?
Dr. H: We now know progesterone pills or injections work well in nullifying the effects of RU-486. Of the women who followed the Abortion Pill Reversal protocol of either the injections or pills, the success rate is 64 to 68 percent. Currently, we have between 150-200 women going through the replacement protocol who’ve changed their mind about aborting their children.
VR: How and where can a woman get the Abortion Pill Reversal?
Dr. H: She can visit abortionpillreversal.com, where she will find the resources and information she needs to get help right away. She can also call 1-877-558-0333 and speak with a nurse who will connect her with the closest provider nationwide.