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Pro-Life Doctor Who Helped Women with 'Abortion Pill Reversal' Vindicated by UK Medical Council

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Restrictions imposed against a Christian doctor in the United Kingdom, who sought to help women in crisis pregnancies, have been lifted after taking his case to the High Court.

The Christian Legal Centre announced Sunday that the General Medical Council (GMC) dropped allegations against Dr. Dermot Kearney. The organization determined that he was providing safe abortion reversal treatment to women.

As CBN News previously reported, Kearney, an experienced medical consultant and former president of the Catholic Medical Association (UK), was blocked from offering the emergency treatment known as abortion pill reversal (APR) for 18 months.

The process involves administering the natural hormone progesterone to a pregnant woman who wants to reverse the effects of the first abortion pill, mifepristone. 

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Abortion providers claim APR is dangerous and should be banned; however, no evidence has been produced that supports their claim.

After dropping the case against Kearney, the GMC stated, "The case examiners have considered the information provided by MSI Reproductive Choices, openDemocracy, Safe Abortion Action Fund UK and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and decided to conclude this case with no further action."

The GMC's examiners' report further stated, "there was no evidence to suggest that APR increases the risk of harm to a fetus."

Regarding risk to the mother, the report found that "there was limited randomized controlled trial evidence to suggest that APR increases the risk of hemorrhage, but this is more likely to be related to the generic risks of Early Medical Abortion (EMA) rather than to specific risks of APR treatment, ie women who fail to complete EMA are at much higher risk of hemorrhage compared with those who do, irrespective of whether they are prescribed APR or not."

Prior to the ban against Kearney, 32 women who received APR treatment from him gave birth to healthy babies. And there has been a 55 percent success rate of live births following the administration of the medication.

Amrita Kaur, the first UK woman to share her story about receiving APR treatment from Kearney, explained that the doctor was simply there to help her.

"There was no judgment or agenda from Dr. Kearney," said Kaur. "He just wanted to help us. Not only did he help me get the progesterone, but also put me in contact with people who could provide material and emotional support.

In a June 2021 interview with the National Catholic Register, Dr. Kearney said he was leaning on his faith throughout the difficult ordeal.

"Faith is, of course, very important," he noted. 

Following the court's decision, Kearney said he was "relieved and delighted to have been exonerated." 

"The truth about abortion reversal treatment must now be told and medical professionals who are able and willing to support women with the treatment should be allowed to do so without fear," he said. 

Kearney added, "My hope is that women across the UK will now be told by medical regulators and abortion providers that abortion reversal treatment is safe, that it is available, and that success is possible if they regret their decision to have an abortion and choose to seek help." 

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Andrea Morris

Andrea Morris is a Features Producer for The 700 Club. She came to CBN in 2019 where she worked as a web producer in the news department for three years. Her passion was always to tell human interest stories that would touch the hearts of readers while connecting them with God. She transitioned into her new role with The 700 Club in August 2022.