A second chance

Mother finds way to reverse abortion pill

Amy felt torn while waiting inside the abortion clinic.

Upset and confused, she didn’t want another baby, especially at 38 years old. But during her appointment, her mind replayed the sound of her unborn baby’s heartbeat heard through the ultrasound, over and over again.

“All I kept thinking about was the heartbeat,” said Amy, who asked her last name be kept private. “There were so many times I was just going to walk out, but I felt myself going through the motions.”

She received two pills to cause what she rationalized would be a miscarriage and end her 8-week pregnancy.

Bella Natural Women’s Care offers treatment to reverse the effects of the abortion pill taken by pregnant women. Photo by Eric Simard/DPC

“The next thing I knew I took the pill, the first one. As soon as I left, I broke down and started crying,” she said.

Amy had taken Mifepristone, also known as RU-486 or the abortion pill. The oral contraceptive acts as an antiprogestogen and breaks down the lining of the uterus. Without progesterone, the placenta fails, cutting off nutrients to the embryo. The second oral pill, Misoprostol, is taken within 72 hours of the first to start contractions and induce an abortion.

Less than a day after taking the first pill, Amy knew she made a mistake.

“I just thought there has to be a second chance,” said Amy, who is married and the mother of three girls.

The next morning, recalling the words “abortion reversal” from a Facebook post she had seen, Amy began a search online. One of the top results was an abortion reversal hotline that referred her to Bella Natural Women’s Care in Englewood.

She drove from Brighton and met with nurse practitioner Dede Chism—also co-founder of Bella—who explained how to reverse an abortion.

“All I kept imagining is these people are going to give me dirty looks…” Amy said. “I just came in and I broke down and they started praying over me and made me feel comfortable.”

Amy said the staff then gave her three shots, three days in a row, to counteract the effects of the abortion pill. Then she received injections every other day until she passed her first trimester.

Nurses told her there was a 60 percent chance her baby would live. But now 5 months into her pregnancy, her baby boy is growing and healthy.

“I feel guilty to say I made that decision to take the first pill,” Amy said. “My guilt is why I want to educate people so they’re not impacted negatively. I’m very happy. I’m so happy I’m having another baby.”

Bella has successfully helped two women reverse abortions, Chism said. Their clinic offers abortion pill reversals, as does Our Lady of Hope Medical Clinic in Centennial owned by Dr. Edwin Anselmi.

Amy will share her story at Bella’s June 25 fundraiser at Cherry Hills Country Club in Englewood. It’s the clinic’s first formal fundraiser seeking support, and prayers, for its work to treat women.

“People that you love should be receiving care for the most intimate parts of their body with absolute reverence and dignity,” Chism said.

The clinic has registered 600 patients since its opening in Dec. 2014. Chism and her daughter, Abby Sinnett, nurse practitioner and associate director, offer care for women of all ages. They also teach natural family planning and help to restore the whole woman.

Chism said they also want to spread word about the possibility of abortion pill reversals, a service they think is unknown.

“We have all kinds of ideas in our heads what abortion looks like,” Chism said. “Actually, it’s a quiet secret happening in the homes of thousands of Americans.”

Amy, who said she was raised Catholic and is Christian, said she never thought of herself as a person who would want an abortion.

“I wasn’t the type of person to even think about getting an abortion,” she said. “But I was very upset that I was pregnant. I didn’t want to have a baby. I just started getting into this dark place.”

She thought about child care and the expense of a child, and how she would rather take vacations.

“I realized when you do bad things there’s no positive outcome,” she said. “I have good a marriage with my husband. There was no reason not to have this child.”

She said she is grateful for Bella and the care she received. Now she can’t wait to have her first son.

“All I’ve been doing is fighting for this baby,” Amy said. “I don’t care if anyone thinks I’m too old to have kids. That’s what I was going through at the time. All I care about is my little one.”

 

Summer Soirée
Open house, Mass with Archbishop Aquila and fundraiser benefiting Bella
Starting 4 p.m. June 25
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COMING UP: Team Samaritan cyclist goes ‘Everesting’ for the homeless and hungry

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When it comes to the daily sufferings of those who are homeless, there’s nothing like a 29,029-foot bike ride to keep things in perspective.

That’s exactly what Corbin Clement will be doing this Saturday, June 19, with a couple of his riding buddies as they attempt an “Everesting” ride to raise money for the Samaritan House homeless shelter in Denver. Starting at Witter Gulch Road in Evergreen, the three riders will climb Squaw Pass Road to a point in Clear Creek County and ride back down the hill for over eight laps, which amounts to roughly 190 miles in distance and the equivalent of the elevation of Mt. Everest in terms of vertical climbing – hence the name “Everesting.” Their goal is to complete the feat in 20 hours or less.

Oh, and they can’t sleep. It is, indeed, just as crazy as it sounds. Those who aren’t avid cyclists might be wondering, “How in the world do you train for something like this?” 
 
“For training, it’s been just more or less ride as much as possible,” Clement told the Denver Catholic. “The training is structured around endurance, and that’s of course what Everesting is. It’s just a lot of peddling. So, a lot of my training so far has just been trying to ride as much as possible and ride longer high elevation rides.” 

In March, an Irish cyclist set the world record for Everesting when he completed the feat in six hours and 40 minutes. Clement isn’t trying to set a record, but regardless, it’s quite a feat to undertake, even for a seasoned athlete like him, whose pedigree includes snowboarding and rock climbing. 

“Our ride will be the same thing, but it’ll be pretty different,” Clement said. “We don’t have any sort of special bikes or super focused diet or a really regimented plan or a crew that’s very well-instructed on how we’re going to tackle this. I’ve read a couple of things to just kind of make it into a party — have friends come out to support you, get people to join you on certain laps…that’s kind of the approach we’re taking.” 

Clement has already raised $5,200 for Samaritan House, with a current goal of $8,000. This is Clement’s first year riding for Team Samaritan, but his dad, Kevin, has ridden for the team for several years. When his dad offered to give him an extra kit and uniform, Clement accepted, but didn’t want to take it without doing something help the cause. He could’ve simply opted for a nice ride in the countryside, but he chose to do something a bit more challenging.  

Corbin Clement used to experience the challenges that homeless people face on a daily basis when commuting through downtown Denver to work on his bike. This Saturday, he will raise money for Samaritan House homeless shelter by “Everesting,” a 190-mile bike ride that is the equivalent of the elevation of Mt. Everest in terms of vertical climbing. (Photo provided)

“For some reason, the Everesting idea popped into my head,” he explained. “I think it’s one of those things that has a little bit of shock value for people who hear about it. It’s certainly something that’s gained more popularity and visibility in the last couple of years with endurance athletes. I wanted to choose something that would actually be a challenge for myself and something that I’d have to work towards.” 

Clement currently resides in Utah, but he used to live in Denver and commute by bike to work every day. During those rides to his office, which was located near Samaritan House, he would pass many homeless people and have conversations with them. This experience was also a motivating factor for his Everesting attempt for Team Samaritan. 

“It’s very different when you’re on a bike versus in a car because you’re right there,” Clement said. “If you stop at a stoplight and a homeless person is on the corner, whether or not they’re panhandling or something like that, you hear the conversations, or you’ll have a conversation with them. There are things you smell or you hear or you see that you just never would if you were in a car. So, it kind of made sense, too, with the biking aspect. It’s part of my community that I’ve lived and worked in for a very long time.” 

Clement’s Everesting attempt is one event in a series of endurance event’s he’s doing over the summer that culminates with the Leadville 100, a single-day mountain bike race across the Colorado Rockies. In that race, he will be riding to support young adults diagnosed with cancer by raising funds for First Descents.  

Both causes are near to Clement’s heart, and he said that while his Everesting attempt will be a form of “suffering,” it pales in comparison to what the homeless face day in and day out. This is ultimately why he’s riding and raising funds for Team Samaritan. 

“Any time we see a homeless person or people who have to live on the streets,” Clement said, “That is true suffering — true endurance — with no end in sight.” 

To learn more about Corbin’s fundraising efforts or to donate, click here.