The Problem with Telemedicine Abortion

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If a woman is having an abortion, shouldn’t she be under the care of a doctor?

According to abortion activists, the answer is no. Despite the potential risks, Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion organizations are trying to encourage the availability of abortion by using telecommunication. This method of abortion demonstrates a cavalier attitude that puts patients in danger by denying the patient an opportunity to meet with a doctor. In response, certain states are now taking action.

This week, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signed a bill into law that has banned telemedicine abortion in the state. Kansas is now one of 19 states that have signed into law regulations that require physicians to physically be present in order to prescribe a medical abortion, also known as a chemical abortion.

In response, the Center for Reproductive Rights has sued the state on behalf of Trust Women of Wichita, the abortion facility where late-term abortionist George Tiller used to work. Their main charge is that the law treats women differently, by denying them a supposedly “safe” treatment.

Telemedicine abortion involves selling the abortion pill to a woman through telecommunication, similar to something like Facetime or Skype, with a doctor who could be miles away, even out of state. In this situation, the physician and the patient will likely never meet face-to-face and the patient essentially has little medical oversight.

This is dangerous because a medical abortion is not as safe as pro-abortionists want women and the public to believe.

In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Cecile Richards, the former president of Planned Parenthood, stated that the abortion pill is safer than Tylenol or Viagra. Her argument is inaccurate, dangerous and irresponsible. Most people who take one Tylenol pill won’t die from it, but the same cannot be said for the abortion pill.

According to a research study, about 20% of women who use the abortion pill will likely suffer from some sort of complication, which includes hemorrhaging, infection, incomplete abortion, undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy, and ruptured uterus. All of these complications could potentially be fatal for the woman and is almost always fatal to the child.

A single dose could be fatal, and women will not take the risks seriously if the supposed voices of authority, like Planned Parenthood, lie to women by telling them the abortion pill is as “safe” as an over-the-counter pain medication.

Telemedicine is the future of medical practice in many ways, but it should not be used to provide abortions. This recent effort by abortion activists puts patients in unnecessary danger by advertising chemical abortions as “safe” when research shows that the danger of complications is actually four times higher than a surgical abortion.

No woman should suffer alone with the knowledge that her doctor is potentially a state away and unable to help if she has a serious medical complication. The state of Kansas was right to ban this dangerous and unregulated form of abortion, and more states should do the same. There is no doubt that just a single dose of the abortion pill is dangerous, but abortion activists don’t care about the risks.

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