It may only be temporary, but a pro-life organization finds a ruling in Ohio this week deeply concerning, saying it puts women and babies at risk.
On Tuesday, Common Pleas Judge Alison Hatheway of Hamilton County issued a temporary restraining order preventing Ohio's telemedicine abortion ban from going into effect. The ban prohibits the use of telemedicine for the purpose of providing abortion-inducing drugs and ensures that those drugs could only be provided in-person by the prescribing physician.
"Telemedicine abortions are not safe for women," says Allie Frazier, director of communications for Ohio Right to Life. "We know that the chemical-abortion regimen, which is what is used in telemedicine abortions, is very dangerous."
The case was brought by Planned Parenthood against the Ohio Department of Health, the state Medical Board, and prosecutors in the state's three largest counties.
According to Frazier, 24 women have died due to complications from the abortion pill since it was first introduced in the United States.
"Dispensing these dangerous drugs where women are potentially hours away from medical help is not safe for women and certainly not safe for the unborn children who lose their lives during the process," Frazier continues.
Republican Governor Mike DeWine signed the telemedicine abortion ban into law on January 9, 2021, and it was set to go into effect on April 12, 2021.
Meanwhile, this was the second Ohio abortion law that Judge Hatheway blocked this week. Associated Press reports Hatheway delayed enforcement Monday of another law that would require baby remains from surgical abortions to be cremated or buried, agreeing with a group of clinics that had sued that a lack of rules made complying unworkable.