Pennsylvania lawmakers may act soon to ban a controversial method of abortion.
At stake is a move to implement so-called “telemed” abortions in the state.
Maria Gallagher of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation says the organization does not oppose telemedicine, which is the remote delivery of healthcare needs.
“But what we are against are telemedicine abortions,” she says. “And so we're saying that the Senate needs to pass the House-passed version of the Senate bill so that we don't have telemedicine abortions in Pennsylvania.”
A vote is expected at some point this week.
Statistics show over 4,000 women have suffered serious consequences from chemical abortions such as excessive bleeding, infection, and incomplete abortions forcing them to hospital emergency rooms for help. Twenty-four women have died.
“They're extremely dangerous,” Gallagher warns, “because you have a woman who takes the RU-486 pills and she is just via a computer screen to the doctor.”
Pro-lifers insists that method of healthcare is especially harmful to women in rural areas where medical assistance is not readily available.