Planned Parenthood President Says Telemed Abortion Scheme Going Nationwide

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 21, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood President Says Telemed Abortion Scheme Going Nationwide

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 21
, 2010

Cedar Rapids, IA (LifeNews.com) — Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards delivered the keynote speech at the 30 year anniversary celebration of Planned Parenthood in Cedar Rapids. There, she shared with her fellow abortion activists more details about the telemed abortion scheme it has set up in Iowa.

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

It involves the dangerous RU 486, or mifepristone, abortion drug that has killed at least 13 women worldwide and injured 1,100 in the U.S. alone, according to 2006 FDA figures.

Operation Rescue, one of the pro-life groups exposing the practice, informed LifeNews.com that Richards revealed that expanding drug-induced into every Planned Parenthood center in the country through the use of the "telemed abortion" scheme is part of PPFA’s Strategic Plan for 2015.

The group joined the Pro-Life Action League and local pro-life advocates led by Steve Brody by braving the cold and rain to protest the Planned Parenthood fund-raising banquet.

Iowa Public Radio interviewed Richards, who confirmed that the telemed abortion process is beginning to expand throughout Iowa and that the abortion business has plans to expand it throughout the nation during the next five years.

Operation Rescue has filed complaints with the Iowa Board of Medicine against Planned Parenthood alleging that the telemed abortion scheme is dangerous, illegal, and violates FDA protocols for usage of the drug. The board is investigating.

"If this push-button abortion scheme is allowed to spread, it will only increase the number of abortions at a time when abortion rates are falling and abortion clinics are closing," OR president Troy Newman told LifeNews.com.

"Not only will more babies die, but women will be placed in increased danger of serious medical complications or death, with no real emergency plan other than to make patients fend for themselves at whatever emergency room they can find," he said.

Abortion rates nationally have dropped, as have the number of surgical abortion clinics. However, in Iowa, abortion rates have remained steady as telemed abortions have offset the decrease in the number of surgical abortions, Newman explained.

"In addition to the dangers, telemed abortions are a cash cow for the abortion cartel. Planned Parenthood is charging insurance companies twice the price of cash patients, without having to pay an on-site abortionist. If this dangerous scheme is allowed to spread, it will increase health care costs for everyone," said Newman.

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, practitioner Susan Haskell of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland 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.

Newman is also concerned because his group discovered that Planned Parenthood deviates from the FDA protocols in both dosage and number of recommended office visits.

The pro-life group also discovered that Planned Parenthood charges insurance companies $1,000 for the abortion drug procedure — twice the cost of the abortion and something Newman says will drive up insurance prices for all consumers.

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