Ohio is making sure women who go the chemical abortion route will be safer in case complications arise.
Both the Ohio House and Senate have passed and sent to Governor Mike DeWine (R) Senate Bill 260, the legislation to ban the use of telemedicine for abortion. Allie Frazier of Ohio Right to Life calls it a good next move for an already pro-life state.
"This is a vital piece of pro-life legislation that was spearheaded by Ohio Right to Life and Senator Steve Huffman (R), who is a physician," Frazier reports. "This bill would prohibit the use of telemedicine for the purpose of providing abortion-inducing drugs and ensure that these type of drugs could only be provided in person by the prescribing physician."
Frazier says safety is the major reason for the measure, considering that 24 women have already died from RU-486 and more than 4,000 women have suffered side effects severe enough to require their hospitalization, often for an incomplete abortion.
"Making sure that these dangerous drugs are not to be dispensed through telemedicine, which would put a woman even further away from the physician prescribing the drugs, it helps ensure that women are not left alone to deal with the dangerous complications of chemical abortion far away from a physician," the pro-lifer explains.
Planned Parenthood has been using telemedicine for delivery of abortion drugs in Ohio for about two years, but this bill will put a stop to that.