Maine Family Planning to offer telemedicine abortions
Women throughout Maine will have greater access to abortions under a reproductive health group’s plan to connect them with doctors over video conference.
Patients who typically must drive long distances for the procedure may now arrange for an abortion via telemedicine at one of Maine Family Planning’s 17 centers throughout the state, the organization announced Monday.
The move makes Maine one of just three states, along with Iowa and Minnesota, where abortion services through telemedicine are broadly available, according to Maine Family Planning.
The improved access contrasts starkly with much of the rest of the country, the group said. Restrictions on abortions have proliferated in other states, including Texas, which once permitted telemedicine abortions but has since banned them and passed additional legal limits leading to the closure of dozens of clinics.
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to take up the Texas abortion law in a landmark case this spring.
Eighteen states ban abortions by telemedicine, largely by requiring a doctor to be in a patient’s physical presence during the procedure, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which advocates for access to abortion. Maine’s Legislature has never considered a ban on the practice.
This means in more succinct terms:
Abortion Biz Opens 16 New Abortions Clinics in This State All at the Same Time, Here’s How**
I don’t know if the number is that big, 16 but this is a negative development certainly.