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Ohio Gov. DeWine signs Telemedicine Abortion Ban

by | Jan 11, 2021

By Dave Andrusko

On Saturday pro-life Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 260, the Telemedicine Abortion Ban into law. As NRL News Today reported, SB 260 prohibits the use of telemedicine for the purpose of providing abortion-inducing drugs and ensures that these drugs could only be provided in-person by the prescribing physician.

Last month, when the measure passed the Ohio House on a vote of 54-30, Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis said “Ohio Right to Life is proud to see this vital piece of pro-life and pro-woman legislation pass out of the Ohio House.”  

“It is past time for the abortion industry to be held accountable for their blatant disregard for patient safety and human life. For years, Planned Parenthood and their abortion allies have pushed unsafe telemedicine abortions to pad their bottom line. They’ve done this at the expense of vulnerable women. Women who are left to deal with the serious and even fatal consequences of chemical abortion alone and in some cases hours away from the physician who provided the drugs. This prioritization of profits over patient safety is unacceptable.”

As Ohio Right to Life explained, “Historically, Mifeprex, which comprises the first pill in the abortion pill regimen, has been highly regulated by the FDA, to the extent that they have imposed special safety requirements called Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) on the drug to reduce patient risk. Between 2012 to 2018 alone, the FDA recorded 4,195 “adverse events” from Mifeprex nationally. Twenty-four women have died from Mifeprex since it was first introduced in the U.S. in 2000. 

State Sen. Steve Huffman, a sponsor, said, “Although every successful abortion is a tragedy which results in the ending of a human life, abortions committed through telemedicine have the potential to add one tragedy to another by subjecting women to dangerous abortions-inducing drugs without providing basic health and safety standards. Planned Parenthood may consider the financial boost of telemedicine abortion worth the very real risk to women’s lives, but as a physician, I certainly do not.” 

Categories: Legislation