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“When the baby's here, you're going to be so happy” – Don’t be rushed into abortion says Mom who saved son through APR

A mom who took steps to save her unborn child after starting a chemical abortion is thankful to have her son, and she is urging other moms who believe abortion is their only choice to pause and not act in haste. 

You will not regret having your baby, Hannah would like those moms to know, whereas the absence of your child would be unthinkable. 

Photo credit - Hannah

Baby Landyn, now 19 months old, was saved through abortion pill reversal (APR). Listening to his mom, it’s clear that this little boy brings the family much happiness.

“I’m so, so glad that I didn't do that,” Hannah said of her impending abortion. “He's just the best little boy.”

"Landyn is the best thing to ever happen to me," Hannah said. "He is the joy of my life."

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Hannah said she was “freaked out” at first when she learned she was pregnant with her son.

Already having four kids ages three through 10, she thought a fifth child would be a lot more than she could handle.

As she pondered abortion, her husband left the decision to her.

The whole way up there, they have abortion signs

Hannah and her family live two and a half hours away from the nearest abortion facility, located in another state where there is currently a 48-hour waiting period for abortion.

She was conflicted ahead of time about taking the abortion pill, but she said the first trip to the abortion facility, when she would get an examination to confirm the gestational age of her pregnancy, wasn’t as bad as the second. 

However, Hannah’s first trip to the abortion facility and her interaction with the staff there showed how invested the abortion industry is in marketing the procedure to women and often works to coax their consent once they are in the door. 

“The whole way up there, they have the signs” Hannah recalled about the trip to the facility,” the abortion signs.”

Once there and upon being examined, despite Landyn’s heartbeat showing on the ultrasound, when Hannah asked the staff member performing the scan about the baby, Hannah was told there was “nothing there.” 

Heather Larkey Photography

 

“When I got the ultrasound, she told me that even though there was a heartbeat, that there was nothing there,” Hannah told Pregnancy Help News. “She was telling me women should be able to decide for themselves.”

"I couldn't do it”

The second trip to the abortion facility was very different for her.

“I drove up there the second time alone and I couldn't do it,” she said. “I couldn't go in.”

“After the 48 hours, I went back to take the pill, to get the pills,” said Hannah. “I couldn't, and I couldn't go in.”

“I was crying the whole way up there and the whole way back, in the parking lot,” she said. “I sat in the parking lot for like an hour.”

So, Hannah came all the way back home, and then later thought again that she should go through with the abortion. Her husband went with her the third time, when she took the first abortion pill.

"Super sick" following the start of chemical abortion

Hannah said she became very ill the day after taking the pill and contacted the abortion facility for assistance.

“I was super sick the next day,” she said. “So, I called to see if that was normal, because I was really sick, and she told me it was normal.”

“I almost felt drunk," she recounted, “nauseous. I was throwing up. It was a really weird feeling.” 

When it came time to take the second dosage of the abortion pill, Hannah remained conflicted.

“I had the pills in my hand, I was ready to take the pills, and I couldn't do it,” she told Pregnancy Help News. “And I was crying again.”

She told her husband that she didn't want to do it. He told her she didn’t have to take the pills, that it would be okay. This made her feel better for a time.

“So, then I got worried about the first pill, because I was so sick,” Hannah said.

 “Took the first abortion pill, changed my mind” 

She did an internet search, typing, “took the first abortion pill, changed my mind,” and received information for the Abortion Pill Rescue® Network (APRN).

“So, I called,” said Hannah, “and they were so helpful.”

She remarked about how there was assistance available no matter the time of night, and how quickly Abortion Pill Rescue was implemented.

“And it was late,” said Hannah. “It was like 11 p.m., or later, and they answered.”

The Option Line consultant and APRN nurse assisting Hannah immediately connected her with a local physician, who had progesterone ready for her first thing the next morning.

Chemical abortion is a two-drug process; mifepristone, which destabilizes a mom’s pregnancy, and misoprostol, taken later, which causes her to deliver her deceased child.

If a pregnant mom acts soon enough, it may be possible to save her unborn baby with abortion pill reversal (APR). 

Heather Larkey Photography

 

The APR protocol consists of administering progesterone, the natural hormone in a pregnant mother’s body necessary to sustain pregnancy. It’s a newer application of a treatment used for decades to prevent miscarriage.

Reversals have been successful after 72 hours, but results are best if a mom acts within 24 hours. Statistics show that more than 2,000 lives (and counting) have been saved thanks to the APRN.

The 24/7 APRN hotline is staffed by Option Line consultants who connect women in need with nurses who follow up and connect the women with APRN providers who provide the APR treatment. 

The APRN is made up of some 1,000 rescue providers and centers worldwide who facilitate abortion pill reversal. Heartbeat International manages both the APRN and Option Line.

Hannah said the APRN representatives continued to keep contact with her in the long term, offering continual support.

“They checked up on me for weeks, several weeks,” she said, “making sure I was okay.”

When Hannah had questions or concerns as her pregnancy with Landyn continued, she would text her APRN contacts, and they would respond. She was also connected with other APR moms on social media for support.

 

“There are a lot,” of those moms, she said.

Today Hannah is very grateful for her son.

"He is perfect in every way," she said, "always so happy .. his beautiful curly hair, his big brown eyes, his contagious laugh and smile, the silly things he does .. I can't imagine life without him."

“And I think that if I would have done that, that it would have bothered me – forever,” Hannah said of the abortion. “Just thinking like, what if I had, you know?”

She dismisses her earlier concern over adding another child to her family.

“It's not even … it's nothing,” she explained. “I mean, there's not that big of a difference.”

Hannah said she wanted to call the abortion facility to tell them she did not go through with the abortion and that she instead did the APR protocol.

“I wanted to call,” she told Pregnancy Help News. “And I should have, I don't know why I didn't.” 

“I don't think it would have mattered,” she continued, “but I wanted to tell them, that I did that, I did not go through with it, and that he's here today, but … I never did.”

Heather Larkey Photography

 

She is still reminded of how committed the abortion personnel were to her aborting her child.

“I think that they really try to convince these women, when you go in for the ultrasound,” Hannah remarked, “she was really trying to, you know, justify everything and make me think that it was just a blob - Just nothing there, even though there's a heartbeat, you know?”

“He's just happy” 

Hannah and her husband have both reflected over what life would be like if they didn’t have Landyn, and they’re both so pleased that he is with them.

“He's just happy,” Hannah mused of her son. “He's smart. He's so smart. He's probably my happiest baby. The most well-behaved.”

She spoke of a moment between her and her spouse when they were both watching Landyn playing.

Her husband looked over, she recalled, saying, ‘What if we would have, what if we would have done that? What if you would, would've done that, you know? Cause he's so awesome.’

“And I was like, ‘I don't know,’” stated Hannah. “I mean, I don't even wanna think about it.”

Heather Larkey Photography

 

"My decision to keep my son has been the thing I've ever done," she told Pregnancy Help News. "He is so loved and I am so blessed to have him."

Hannah would tell other moms who feel that they have no other choice but abortion to not act so quickly on something that has you scared. 

“I feel like you would have to live with that forever,” she said. “And, you know, life is a beautiful thing. So, take it from somebody (who’s been there).”

“When the baby's here, you're going to be so happy,” Hannah said. “You're going to be so glad that you didn't do that.”

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Editor's note: Heartbeat International manages the Abortion Pill Rescue® Network, Option Line and Pregnancy Help News. This article has been update with more reflection from Hannah.

Lisa Bourne

Lisa Bourne is Managing Editor of Pregnancy Help News and Content Writer for Heartbeat International. She has worked in journalism and communication for the pro-life community, the Catholic Church, other Christian denominations and secular media for several years. She is married to Chris, and is the mother of three children here on earth, along with their two siblings in heaven. Lisa writes and manages Pregnancy Help News from Central Iowa. 

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