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Pa. Gov. Wolf threatening to veto bill that bars telemedicine distribution of dangerous drugs, such as RU-486

by | Apr 23, 2020

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

Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf is threatening to veto a measure designed to ensure the health and safety of women throughout the Commonwealth.

The bill, known as Senate Bill 857, would expand telemedicine across the state. It also contains a key provision, inserted by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which would bar the telemedicine distribution of dangerous drugs, such as the abortion pill RU-486. 

According to state health department inspection reports, a number of abortion facilities in Pennsylvania have applied for telemedicine status. 

RU-486 abortions, also known as chemical or “medication” abortions, are not a safe and easy means of ending a pregnancy, as the abortion industry contends. The process can involve painful uterine contractions, heavy bleeding, vomiting, and nausea. In fact, Time magazine has called the procedure “painful, messy, and protracted.” 

Research shows one in 100 women who take RU-486 require hospitalization, and approximately 2 percent hemorrhage. A case in point is a woman from Iowa who lost about ¾ of her blood after taking RU-486 and could have died were it not for emergency surgery. 

These tele-abortions occur when the abortionist is not physically present but is only available via an electronic screen. Tragically, women are left to deal with the aftermath of these chemical abortions on their own, in their own homes. 

A veto would deny telemedicine opportunities for patients throughout Pennsylvania, all because of a pledge to the abortion industry to stop any legislation that could curtail abortion.  If Gov. Wolf vetoes Senate Bill 857, it will show just what an extremist he is on abortion.

Wolf has previously vetoed bills that would ban abortions on babies with Down syndrome and that would stop brutal dismemberment abortions, where babies are torn limb by limb from their mothers’ wombs. He has also vowed to veto any other pro-life legislation that comes to his desk.

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