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In-person requirement for abortion bill passes Tennessee’s Senate and House

by | Apr 22, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

On Thursday, after the Tennessee Senate agreed with the House on a bill that places firm and protective requirements on how the abortion pill is dispensed, HB2416/SB2281is on its way to Gov. Bill Lee.

According to the bill, delivery of abortion pills by mail would be outlawed and anyone who wanted to use abortion pills would be required to visit a doctor in advance and then return to pick up the pills,” according to Kimberlee Kruesi of the Associated Press. “The drugs may be dispensed only by qualified physicians — effectively barring pharmacists from doing so. Violators would face a Class E felony and up to a $50,000 fine.”

Tennessee Right to Life applauded the bill’s passage.

BREAKING NEWS! HB2416/SB2281 Passed on the Senate Floor today with a 26-4 vote. This bill makes it a criminal offense in Tennessee to prescribe RU-486 without being in the physical presence of the patient.

Thank you Sen Mike Bell for sponsoring this legislation. We appreciate ProLife Tennesseeans all across the state for your calls and e-mails! This bill has already passed in the House and now moves on to the Governor’s desk.

The campaign to impose these precautions assumed added urgency last December when President Biden’s FDA eliminated the requirement that women go in person to the abortionist’s office. The drugs can be mailed to them—“Do It Yourself” abortions.

States are tackling medication abortions in various ways. Two examples. They propose to ban the pills altogether or require their state’s informed consent to tell women that there is a good chance she can save her baby if she promptly changes course. The success of the Abortion Pill Reversal depends on a woman being told that there is a window of opportunity to reverse the effects of the lethal chemical if she seeks medical attention in time and does not take the second drug of the two-drug protocol.

Christina Francis is chair of the board of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG). She has written extensively about the real danger—that posed by mifepristone/misoprostol. One example:

One of the largest studies to date, which analyzed high-quality registry data obtained from nearly 50,000 women in Finland, found that the overall incidence of immediate adverse events is four-fold higher for medical abortions than for surgical abortions. The same study showed that nearly 7% of women will need surgical intervention — a significant number when you consider there are nearly 900,000 abortions per year in the U.S., 40% of which are medication abortions.

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