Once again, women's safety has been sacrificed to the abortion lobby's higher goal: unfettered access to abortion. Younger physicians have shown less willingness than their older counterparts to participate in abortions, probably because they have grown up with greater knowledge of prenatal development. This has resulted in the "greying" of abortionists. Abortion advocates worry that when these abortionists retire, the abortion rate will decrease dramatically.
Pro-lifers have so far succeeded, through legal conscience protections, in preventing the abortion lobby from conscripting physicians into abortion practice. So now abortion businesses have a new solution: who says abortion has to be done by a doctor at all?
From Operation Rescue:
According to an undercover phone conversation with a receptionist with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, medical abortions are offered in 16 clinics throughout Iowa, but only four of the clinics actually have doctors. At the other twelve, smaller clinics, telemed abortions have become routine.
A telemed abortion is abortion via a teleconferencing service similar to “Skype.” Patients are put in a room where an off-site abortionist appears on a computer monitor and explains the medical abortion procedure to them over an Internet hook-up. After the brief teleconference, the dangerous abortion drug RU486, also known as Mifepristone, and its counterpart, Methotrexate, are prescribed. The drugs are then administered to the patient by a nurse or “clinician” who may or may not be licensed. The patient presses a button an on computer screen that opens a box containing the abortion drugs. The patient is never physically examined by the medical doctor prescribing the drugs – or any other, for that matter – and never sees the abortionist again.
Bear this in mind the next time you hear abortion advocates criticize pro-life pregnancy centers that refer patients off-site for prenatal care. At least those mothers receive a real exam!