The right to choose to abort an abortion: should pro-choice advocates support abortion pill reversal?

New Bioeth. 2022 Sep;28(3):252-267. doi: 10.1080/20502877.2022.2073857. Epub 2022 May 18.


Abortion pill reversal (APR) treatment aims to halt an initiated medical abortion, wherein a pregnant woman takes progesterone after having taken the first of the two consecutive abortion pills, typically because she has changed her mind and no longer wants to abort the pregnancy. It is a controversial intervention, generally supported by those identifying as pro-life and opposed by those identifying as pro-choice. This paper examines whether, in principle, those identifying with the pro-choice view should support APR. We firstly examine the commitments of the pro-choice stance. We then briefly outline the evidence supporting the APR. Following this, we discuss potential consequences of APR on women's mental health and its safety. We conclude that those espousing the pro-choice standpoint should be, in principle, committed to supporting the availability of APR, while recognising that data on its efficacy may be difficult to obtain.

Keywords: Abortion – induced; fetus; obstetrics; reproductive medicine; women’s rights.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnant Women
  • Women's Rights*