Prevent Telemedicine Abortions
Please call and email your state Senator with this message:
"Please support the House-amended version of Senate Bill 857, the telemedicine bill. I don't want telemedicine abortions to occur in Pennsylvania."
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives added a critical amendment to SB 857 that will ensure that abortion pills are not dispensed without a doctor being present. In a telemedicine abortion, the doctor only communicates with the woman through a computer screen.
The amended legislation specifies that telemedicine may not be used if federal or state statutes or regulations require the medication or health care service to be delivered or administrated in a health care clinic, physician's office, or hospital setting. This is certainly the case with RU-486, the abortion pill, which has a number of known risks associated with it.
Note that the amendment applies to abortion pills, but not only abortion pills.
The amendment was attached by the House Insurance Committee in a near-party line vote of 14-10. State Representative Ryan Bizzarro, a member of the Health Committee, voted AGAINST the amendment.