Planned Parenthood Sues to Stop Abortion Law Protecting Women
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 12/12/12 2:04 PM
The Planned Parenthood abortion business has filed suit against a pro-life law designed to protect women from its attempts to put their health at risk by giving them the dangerous abortion drug without a doctor present.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed the pro-life bill into law earlier this year.
The bill, Senate Bill 306, prohibits abortion businesses from using so-called telemed abortions — where a non-physician violates the FDA guidelines concerning a doctor visit before using the dangerous drug that has killed dozens of women worldwide and injured thousands in the United States alone. A non-doctor gives the mother the abortion drug via a videoconferecne with a physician who is not present with her at the time to conduct an in-person examination.
The bill, authored by Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and Rep. Michelle Litjens (R-Oshkosh), contains two vital components. The first portion of the bill protect a woman who is being coerced into having an abortion.
The second part would protect a woman from being prescribed RU 486 abortion drugs without being seen in person by the prescribing physician — and that has the strong support of Wisconsin Right to Life, which is upset at the new lawsuit.
“In its quest to move abortions into rural Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is challenging Wisconsin’s new law which requires that a woman seeking an RU 486 abortion be seen ‘in person’ by the individual performing the abortion and that in-person administration of the RU 486 abortion pill take place,” stated Barbara Lyons, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “Planned Parenthood would rather expand its abortion empire by having women talk to an abortionist over a web cam. This is not good medicine and not good protection for women.”
Lyons told LifeNews the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the National Abortion Federation (NAF) guidelines for administration of RU 486 abortions call for a physical exam as step one prior to obtaining this type of abortion. The guidelines also recommend follow-up after 14 days to the abortion provider to ensure that the abortion is complete.
She said that the FDA reports 14 maternal deaths and over 2,200 adverse incidents from use of RU 486 since 2000. Adverse incidents include 612 hospitalizations, 58 ectopic pregnancies, 339 blood transfusions, and 256 cases of infection. A European drug manufacturer has publicly stated that 28 women have died worldwide after using RU 486/mifepristone.
“The two-drug RU 486 abortion process is neither simple nor without significant risk to women. The least we can do, as the State of Wisconsin has done, is to require that the woman be seen in person before these dangerous drugs are administered. We are confident that this law is clear in its intent and will be upheld,” continued Lyons.
At the time the law was approved, Susan Armacost, Legislative Director of Wisconsin Right to Life, told LifeNews “The enactment of this measure into law will be a tremendous victory for women and babies.”
“For far too long, numbers of women have reported that they were coerced into having abortions. SB 306 ensures that an assessment will be made to determine if a woman’s consent to an abortion is voluntary. The bill requires that the abortionist speak to the woman in private to determine if she is being coerced. If she is a potential or actual victim of domestic abuse, the abortionist must give her information on where she can receive help,” Armacost said.
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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin opposed the bill and the abortion business got Democrats to object to the third and final reading of SB 306, after Republicans stopped weakening amendments to the legislation.
The webcam abortion practice started with the Planned Parenthood of the Heartland affiliate using it in Iowa, a rural state where the abortion business has a difficult time getting an abortion practitioner to each of its clinics.