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of Guadalupe, and a crucifix hangs in every room. The
centers’ mission statements say his practices follow the
Church’s teachings on abortion and contraception.
Dr. Delgado believes that spiritual, physical, and
psychological health are all intrinsically connected. As
such, doctors must play a role that’s part pastor.
“Both doctors and priests also have a special kind of
privilege, on the grounds of confidentiality, to ask the
questions that are sometimes difficult for people to con-
front,” he said.
In 2000, he used his pro-life initiative to found
COLFS, which offers supportive counseling, free ultra-
sounds, free pregnancy tests,
and a variety of other free
medical services to women in
“It’s dedicated to being
strongly pro-life, along with
focusing on the emotional,
physical, and spiritual health of
members of the community,”
Dr. Delgado said. “I wanted
to create an organization that
would help women navigate the difficult waters in crisis
Dr. Delgado said COLFS is the “flip-side” toPlanned Parenthood
because it provides a holistic and healthy
look at sexuality and reproduction.
“Everything we do is in the context of natural law,
which is God’s design of how to view our sexuality,” he
said. “Many people have told us they feelpressured at clinics to have abortions.
Most of the time when women
chose abortion, it’s because they felt cornered.”
In 2012, Dr. Delgado said he received a call from
Texas about a woman who had taken the abortion pill
but immediately regretted the decision. The woman had
taken mifepristone, the first drug used in Mifeprex medi-
cation abortions. She had yet to take the second drug
used, misoprostol. Dr. Delgado said he directed her to a
local pro-life doctor and prescribed injections of proges-
terone, the “pregnancy hormone,” to inhibit the effects
of the mifepristone.
“I started thinking about my years of experience with
progesterone and how I’d used progesterone to try to
prevent miscarriage,” Delgado said.
Shortly after, Dr. Delgado published a report in the
Annals of Pharmacotherapy,
in which he treated seven
pregnant women with injections of progesterone after
they had taken mifepristone. Six of the women reported
Once this study was published, Dr. Delgado said he
had abortionpillreversal.com c
reated to make infor-
mation about Abortion Pill
Reversal (APR) accessible
to women on a global level.
Their hotline, he said, gets
40-60 calls per month from
people with both general
questions and women
seeking the option to get
the progesterone treatment.
“The goal of this treatment
method and website is to pro-
tect and preserve innocent life while simultaneously
protecting and preserving the dignity of the mother,”
Dr. Delgado said.
The treatment’s success rate, he said, is about 60
percent — with 120 babies born after APR treatment.
(Eighty women who underwent the treatment are cur-
rently experiencing successful pregnancies, he said.) His
second study, published at the end of September in the
Annals of Pharmacotherapy
, will include this data.
While the APR is sometimes covered by insurance,
Dr. Delgado said when a woman cannot afford the
APR, they help her find local organizations to help
cover the treatment.
“We wouldn’t deny this treatment based on an
inability to pay,” he said. “Even when local organiza-
tions are not available or can’t cover the costs, we step
up to help.”
ave the date
Annual Divine Mercy Medicine,
Bioethics, and Spirituality Conference
will be held May 4-5, 2016, at College
of the Holy Cross in Worcester,
Massachusetts. Continuing education
credit is available for participants.
For more information, visitTheDivineMercy.org/worcester.