U~T San Diego
ESCONDIDO — Operating from a nondescript office building in Escondido, Dr. George Delgado is a low-key family physician.
But he is getting national attention lately because of major changes to abortion laws in Arizona and Arkansas.
Activists in both states relied on Delgado’s work with the hormone progesterone to push for amendments requiring health providers who prescribe abortion medications to tell patients that “it may be possible to reverse the effects of the abortion if the pregnant woman changes her mind, but that time is of the essence.”
Those words, which are part of a bill that Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law April 6, were inspired by a short case report that Delgado co-authored in the journal Annals of Pharmacotherapy. A nearly identical sentence was part of the legislation that Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed on March 30.
Published in 2012, the journal article detailed the use of progesterone in six patients who had second thoughts after taking mifepristone but not a second drug called misoprostol, which finishes the abortion process.
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