Pennsylvania Hospitals May Shut Down, Gov. Tom Wolf Vetoed Bill to Help Because He’s Pro-Abortion

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 18, 2020   |   7:03PM   |   Harrisburg, PA

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s abortion advocacy is putting more lives at risk than just those of unborn babies.

The pro-abortion Democrat governor is facing sharp criticism from hospitals in the state after he vetoed a telemedicine expansion bill because of a provision restricting abortion drugs, PennLive reports.

According to the newspaper, the bill could have helped hospitals that are struggling financially because of the coronavirus. Now, some could be forced to go out of business.

“Hospitals are the front line for providing health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet there is a lack of partnership with the Pennsylvania state government to protect hospitals, health care workers and the communities they serve,” said Andy Carter, CEO of the Hospital & Health System Association of Pennsylvania, in a statement.

Carter criticized the governor for vetoing the telemedicine bill, which would have allowed hospitals to expand their services online, according to the report. He said hospitals also would have received better reimbursement for telemedicine services if the bill had passed.

Earlier, Carter’s organization said it supported the legislation “because of the progress it represents in establishing telemedicine’s rightful place at the forefront of the newly emerging health system of the future.”

The legislation would have expanded telemedicine to millions of Pennsylvanians in response to the coronavirus crisis. It included restrictions on telemedicine for high-risk drugs on the Food and Drug Administration Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy list, and abortion drugs are on the list.

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But because of this common-sense provision, Wolf vetoed it.

Wolf is a close ally of the abortion industry. He once served as a volunteer at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility, and he has vetoed every pro-life bill to reach his desk.

“This veto sends the disturbing message that women’s health will be compromised in order to placate the abortion industry,” Maria Gallagher, legislative director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, told in April.

Also in reaction to Wolf’s veto, Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, said the governor not only rejected the health care expansion, he also showed his willingness to put women at risk by ignoring FDA safety guidelines for abortion drugs.

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.

Despite these risks, the abortion industry is pushing to expand telemed abortions. Instead of seeing a doctor in-person, women meet remotely over a webcam before the abortion drugs are dispensed from a remote-control drawer or by a staff member.

Wolf is extremely close to the abortion chain Planned Parenthood, having once been a volunteer. It spent a record $1.5 million to support his re-election in 2018.

Right now, Planned Parenthood is working to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions in Pennsylvania and other states. It recently announced plans to provide telemed services throughout the U.S. this spring.

ACTION ALERT: Contact Gov. Tom Wolf.