Vending Machine Abortions: Planned Parenthood Telemed Process Hurts Women

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 7, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Vending Machine Abortions: Planned Parenthood Telemed Process Hurts Women

by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 7
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — With the latest news that Iowa officials are investigating Planned Parenthood’s new "telemed" abortion scheme, more pro-life advocates are speaking out on the process they consider dangerous for women.

In the telemed abortion process, abortion practitioners instruct women on using the dangerous abortion drug by video conference instead of assisting them in person.

At least a dozen small Planned Parenthood offices in Iowa are administering the dangerous abortion drug without the mother seeing a doctor in person. Instead, abortion practitioner Susan Haskell briefly addresses abortion patients from a teleconferencing hook up from her office in Des Moines. After explaining the medical abortion process, a button is pushed and an electronic drawer opens that contains the drugs.

Bradley Mattes, the director of the Life Issues Institute, calls the process by another name: vending machine abortions.

"The abortion industry is proving once again they corner the market on indifference. Just when it seems they can’t be any more detached from the actual needs of young women, they unveil a new scheme even more callous than the last," he says.

"Women who walk into the facilities expecting to personally meet with a licensed physician are instead seated in front of a computer screen," Mattes told today in an email.

An abortion worker explains on an audio recording: “The physician doesn’t actually come. The physician who prescribes you the medication would be on a computer screen.”

“You would press a button that’s on the screen, and a little box would open up with the medication in it," it says.

Mattes responds: "That medication is RU 486, a dangerous abortion drug" that has killed at least 13 women worldwide and injured 1,100 in the U.S, alone as of 2006 FDA figures.

"There’s no physical exam, no doctor on the premises to ensure the young woman’s safety. She’s on her own. And would you believe it, Planned Parenthood is billing insurance companies $1,000—twice what they charge patients paying with cash," mattes said.

"This is yet another telltale sign that the abortion industry is bilking women for their money while killing their unborn babies. Death is a product, and each woman a potential dollar sign," Mattes continues. "But as abortionists become more isolated and impersonal, soon pro-lifers alone will be establishing meaningful connections with young women and men who are seeking answers that can’t be found by camera inside a lonely abortion mill room."

While abortion advocates claim to represent the best interests of women, mattes says the telemed abortion process makes it clear they do not.

"At the end of the day, pro-lifers can offer something the pro-abortion side cannot: genuine compassion for the whole person, the willingness to give our time and resources, and, most of all, hope for a mother and her child. That’s something you just can’t dispense by vending machine," he concludes.

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