The nation’s largest abortion business appears to be abandoning many of its expensive brick and mortar abortion clinics and turning to technology to sell women dangerous at-home abortions.
Planned Parenthood has been closing facilities at a rapid pace in the past several years. It has approximately 300 fewer facilities than it did in 1995, and 27 closed in 2017 alone.
However, the abortion chain has maintained a steady number of abortions, according to its annual reports. One of the ways it is doing this is through the expansion of telemedicine abortions, which are cheaper for the abortion chain to offer but dangerous for women as well as their unborn babies.
Cosmopolitan reports Planned Parenthood plans to open 10 new telemedicine, or webcam, abortion locations this year to provide abortion drugs to women via video chat.
The abortion chain did not reveal where the locations will be. Planned Parenthood told the women’s magazine that it fears pro-life lawmakers will try to stop them before they even start. However, it did say that some of the locations will be in new states.
Planned Parenthood currently performs webcam abortions at 24 locations in America, according to the report. Right now, 19 states prohibit the dangerous practice and require women to see a doctor in person before having an abortion.
Women who have telemed abortions do not see a doctor face to face. Instead, they chat with the doctor through a computer before a nurse or a remote-controlled drawer dispenses the abortion drugs. The woman returns home and waits to pass her aborted baby’s dead body.
There is no physical examination of the woman by the doctor on the other end of the webcam. After drugs are dispensed, the patient probably never sees the doctor again.
Telemed abortions involve the dangerous abortion drugs mifepristone, or RU-468, and misoprostol, which are used up to 10 weeks of pregnancy.
Abortion activists claim both telemed abortions and the abortion drugs are safe and effective.
As Cosmo reports:
Telemedicine allows a patient to meet with an abortion provider even if she doesn’t live near one. Instead of driving long distances, women can go to a closer clinic or Planned Parenthood and video-chat a live, somewhere-in-state abortion provider who prescribes and (virtually, via on-site clinic staff) hands over the meds. “There is no increased risk of complications with a telemedicine visit,” says Daniel Grossman, MD, director of Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health at the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health.
However, a close examination of one study touted by abortion activists found that webcam abortions have a complication risk four times higher than surgical abortions.
Marisa Lengor Kwaning previously wrote at Bound4LIFE:
While ostensibly reinforcing pro-choice talking points (“Major Complication Rate After Abortion Is Extremely Low” declared the UCSF press release), Stanford University Ph.D. Michael New and his team found something different when they explored the full data set.
“This study of more than 50,000 abortion patients confirms the finding that telemed abortions are a lot more risky than surgical abortions,” said New in a recent Bound4LIFE interview. “Their data shows the number of follow-up visits and emergency room visits are much higher for women having telemed abortions – the procedure has four times more risk of complications.”
The abortion drugs themselves also are dangerous. According to April 2011 FDA figures, there were 2,207 adverse events related to the use of RU 486, including 14 women’s deaths, 612 hospitalizations, 58 ectopic pregnancies, 339 blood transfusions and 256 cases of infections in the United States alone.
A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Iowa first began using the drugs to test webcam abortions in 2008.
Iowa Right to Life lamented the trend in 2014: “Since 2008, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has used women in Iowa as guinea pigs for a program they want rolled out nationwide, where women are having medication (RU-486) abortions after talking to a doctor only by webcam.
“These abortions take longer and are bloodier than a surgical abortion. … These abortions are more profitable for Planned Parenthood, but more traumatic for women, who have to deal with the body of the dead baby at home.”
It is all part of a concerted effort by abortion activists to push dangerous, do-it-yourself abortions. They also are pushing to allow nurses and midwives to abort unborn babies.
The University of California, Berkeley has a Self-Induced Abortion Legal Team, a nonprofit group that “envisions a world” where abortion drugs are as easy to buy as the morning-after pill, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Abortion activists also launched a website in 2017 that promotes do-it-yourself abortions to American women.