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The growing threat of tele-abortions needs a pro-life legislative response

by | Mar 16, 2020

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

The threat of tele-abortions is growing in Pennsylvania.

As a result, Pennsylvania residents are being encouraged to contact their state Senator and urge him or her to support the House-passed version of the telemedicine bill known as Senate Bill 857.

The House inserted an important amendment in the bill which would ban the telemedicine distribution of dangerous drugs, since as the abortion pill RU-486. But there’s a danger the state Senate may strip the bill of this key provision.

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 Just recently the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation learned that the Planned Parenthood Keystone in Wilkes-Barre had applied to perform tele-abortions. These abortions occur when the abortionist is not physically present, but is available only via an electronic screen. For years, the Wilkes-Barre facility had operated as a “feeder clinic”—not performing abortions itself, but referring women to other facilities that perform abortions.

Chemical abortions [“medication abortions,” in pro-abortion nomenclature] have been on the rise in the Keystone State, symptomatic of a nationwide trend. The Pennsylvania Health Department website shows three additional facilities listed as abortion centers have applied for telemedicine status. 

If the state Senate passes the House version of the telemedicine bill, it will then go to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature. Gov. Wolf, a former clinic escort for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion operation, has threatened to veto the measure if it includes the key amendment.

Despite this threat, it is vitally important for people to call and email their state Senators and let them know they want to prevent dangerous tele-abortions in Pennsylvania. Such practices lead to the deaths of innocent babies, in addition to posing serious health risks for women.

As National Right to Life indicates in its vitally important resource page on RU-486 ( ), chemical abortions are neither safe nor easy. Even Time magazine has labeled the process “painful, messy, and protracted,” and more than 1 in 100 women are hospitalized after taking the dangerous abortion drug.  

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