The abortion giant Planned Parenthood just launched a new program to abort more unborn babies without women ever seeing a doctor face to face.
For decades, abortion activists have claimed an abortion should be a decision between a woman and her doctor. But now they are trying to take doctors out of the equation – and putting more lives at risk.
Chicago Tribune reports Planned Parenthood announced its plan to offer telehealth medical services in all 50 states by the end of April. Telehealth means appointments can be done via online video conference rather than in-person. The abortion chain also plans to continue in-person visits, including abortions, across the country.
According to the report, Planned Parenthood is advertising webcam appointments for contraception, urinary tract infections, STI testing and treatment, hormone therapy for transgender patients and other services.
The report did not mention abortions, nor did Planned Parenthood’s press release. But CBS News confirmed that drug-induced abortions are part of the expansion, where possible. Currently, 18 states prohibit webcam abortions because they are dangerous, and several others are considering bills this spring to do the same.
Webcam abortions involve women taking abortion-inducing drugs without ever seeing a doctor in person. Instead, they talk over a webcam before the drugs are dispensed from a remote-control drawer or by a staff member.
These are dangerous for mothers as well as their unborn babies. In-person exams are important for dating the pregnancy; the abortion drugs do not work well later in pregnancy and potentially could jeopardize the mother’s life. Exams also can detect ectopic pregnancies, which can be deadly on their own but especially so if the woman takes the abortion drugs.
Planned Parenthood acting CEO Alexis McGill Johnson tried to justify the change by claiming that women still need “sexual health” services during a crisis.
“We know this pandemic has increased barriers to health care for many of the communities we serve — at exactly the time when people need that care the most,” she said in a statement. “Through telehealth, Planned Parenthood is providing the high-quality care and information people need to stay safe and healthy, even as our everyday reality is rapidly changing.”
But National Right to Life Committee leaders warned that abortion activists are trying to exploit the pandemic to push these dangerous, drug-induced abortions on vulnerable women.
“In a pandemic, the abortion industry wants to place perfectly healthy mothers who are pregnant with perfectly healthy babies in danger,” NRLC president Carol Tobias said earlier this week.
The abortion drug mifepristone is not safe for the mother or her unborn child. It has been linked to at least 24 women’s deaths and 4,000 serious complications. Risks of mifepristone and misoprostol, the most common abortion drugs taken together to abort and then expel an unborn baby from the womb, include excessive bleeding, severe abdominal pain, infection, hemorrhage and death.
A 2009 study “Immediate Complications After Medical Compared With Surgical Termination of Pregnancy,” in Obstetrics and Gynecology found a complication rate of approximately 20% for the abortion drugs compared to 5.6% for surgical abortions. Hemorrhages and incomplete abortions were among the most common complications.
Randall O’Bannon, Ph.D., director of education and research for NRLC, recently explained other problems with webcam abortions:
The mail delivery option would supposedly keep her from being exposed to the virus by traveling outside of her home or visiting a medical facility.
It would, however, mean a woman undergoing a painful, bloody, potentially dangerous abortion by herself at a time when emergency medical help is stretched thin and perhaps unavailable. Women undergoing chemical abortions have bled to death or died from infections. Others have died when undetected ectopic pregnancies ruptured.
Healthcare Media reports state lawmakers in Ohio and Pennsylvania are considering legislation this spring to prohibit telemed abortions because of these dangers.
“This legislation is vital for patient safety,” said state Sen. Stephen A. Huffman, the sponsor of the Ohio bill, in a statement. “While it’s too late for the unborn baby, who will undoubtedly lose her life, physicians should never take this procedure so lightly as to fail to even be present when administering a drug that is known to have such serious side effects. It is a doctor’s duty to ensure that patients are not exposed to greater risk by recklessly dispensing drugs that are known to have life-threatening consequences.”
Additionally, the illegal, online sales of abortion drugs have been linked to forced abortions. A New York City woman is facing charges after she allegedly sold abortion drugs to a man accused of trying to force his girlfriend to take them.
Women do not need to abort their unborn babies to be healthy. The only thing “essential” about an abortion is the guarantee of a dead baby. Recently, medical groups representing more than 30,000 doctors in America emphasized that abortions are not “essential” or “urgent,” and abortion facilities that continue to operate during the pandemic are being “medically irresponsible.”
However, abortion activists have been pressuring the FDA for weeks to loosen restrictions on abortion drugs, a move that could lead to more dead unborn babies and hurting mothers. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren also sent a letter to the FDA this week urging it to loosen abortion restrictions because of the pandemic.