‘Telemed Abortions’ Endanger Women and Drive Up Insurance Costs
There is a disturbing new trend in the abortion industry that could be endangering the lives and health of thousands of women – and costing insurance companies and taxpayers millions.
As the number of abortionists continues to decline, some clinics have found a unique way of staying open using what is known as the “telemed abortion.”
“Telemed” is short for the term telemedicine, whereby medical consults occur with the aid of electronic communications. It is used legitimately in the medical field to lower the cost of consultations with specialist and exchange medical information between physicians electronically. Telemedicine has also been successfully used in legitimate medical practices for such things as history review, psychiatric evaluations, and ophthalmology assessments. However, telemedicine, or care in absentia, was never meant as a replacement for the personal, hands-on examination by a physician.
Operation Rescue investigated telemed abortions in Iowa, which are keeping open a dozen clinics. According to an undercover phone conversation with a receptionist with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, medical abortions are offered in 16 clinics throughout Iowa, but only four of the clinics actually have doctors. At the other twelve, smaller clinics, telemed abortions have become routine.
A telemed abortion is abortion via a teleconferencing service similar to “Skype.” Patients are put in a room where an off-site abortionist appears on a computer monitor and explains the medical abortion procedure to them over an Internet hook-up. After the brief teleconference, the dangerous abortion drug RU486, also known as Mifepristone, and its counterpart, Methotrexate, are prescribed. The drugs are then administered to the patient by a nurse or “clinician” who may or may not be licensed. The patient presses a button an on computer screen that opens a box containing the abortion drugs. The patient is never physically examined by the medical doctor prescribing the drugs – or any other, for that matter – and never sees the abortionist again.
Described by one Planned Parenthood receptionist as a “self-induced miscarriage,” the medical abortion process takes days, can be very painful, and involves heavy bleeding and cramping until the pre-born baby is expelled. Yet, the only follow-up offered by Planned Parenthood is a recommended appointment in “two or three weeks” after the abortion where a second ultrasound is offered to make sure the “pregnancy no longer exists.”
This follow-up care is completely inadequate. If tissue from the pregnancy is retained, that presents a risk of infection to the woman that could kill her, especially if care is delayed 2-3 weeks.
Just when you thought things couldn't get any more depraved :mad:
Telemedicine per se is a wonderful tool. My father's doctors were able to consult with surgeons in Maryland electronically before sending him there for surgery. But like any tool someone has to turn it to evil.