Montana Governor Steve Bullock Vetoes Pro-Life Bill to Ban Telemed Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 30, 2015   |   10:37AM   |   Washington, DC

Montana Governor Steve Bullock, a Democrat, has vetoed a pro-life bill that would ban telemed abortions.

The webcam, or telemed abortion, process has women going to Planned Parenthood for an RU 486 drug-induced abortion getting the drug from a nurse or other employee. The patient is denied an in-person consultation with a licensed physician the FDA suggests and she instead visits with the abortion practitioner via a webcam hookup.

The Planned Parenthood abortion business began using this process in Iowa and has been expanding it to more rural and remote stares because of the expense and difficulty in recruiting abortion practitioners and getting them to all of the Planned Parenthood centers in a certain state.

“As elected officials, we should all be working together to expand access to health-care services in Montana,” Bullock wrote in his veto message on House Bill 587, the abortion-drug bill. “Unfortunately, HB587 and several other bills proposed this session seek to do just the opposite, particularly for women and families living in the more rural part of our state.”

The Montana legislature will not have the ability to override the vetoes.

As the Montana Standard reports, “Bullock’s vetoes mean the bills are dead, because he delivered the vetoes before the Legislature adjourned, meaning the Legislature would have to vote, in person, to override them. The Legislature adjourned for good Tuesday morning, and therefore cannot vote to override any of the Monday vetoes.”

Telemed abortions are those where women visit an abortion center and don’t meet in person with a physician before taking the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug, as the FDA suggests. Instead, they are only given access to a doctor over a Skype computer connection before being prescribed the drug that has killed potentially dozens worldwide and injured more than 1,100 in the United States alone as of 2006, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

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