The pitifully lame excuses why barely a quarter of Iowans support web-cam abortions


By Dave Andrusko

Iowaabortionpoll3Yesterday we posted the very encouraging news that 2/3rds of Iowans were against “telemedicine abortions,” better known as webcam abortions (“New “Iowa Poll shows massive opposition to use of Web-Cam abortions”).

We’re offering a follow up story today because of what defenders of webcam abortions offered as an excuse for why only 27% approve, is hugely revealing.

For those few NRL News Today readers who may not know, webcam abortions are the latest “revenue enhancer” for PPFA. It eliminates the presence of the abortionist altogether.

Instead it relies on a computer hookup which allows a pregnant woman in some remote location to interact with an abortionist back in Des Moines via video conferencing. A review of some medical records, a couple of questions, and the abortionist clicks a button to release a drawer at her location containing the abortifacient pills.

The beauty, from the perspective of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (which created webcam abortions and is vigorously trying to expand its use around the country), is that one abortionist can “treat” lots of pregnant women without leaving his office. Moreover, webcam abortions are an opening to “underserved” populations, particularly women in rural areas.

More clients, fewer miles, less expenditure for the kind of brick and mortar that is part and parcel of surgical abortions. The already bloated PPFA pocketbooks will swell even larger.

So, how did pro-abortionists rationalize away the stunning results which included more opposition than support from every demographic, including 73% of rural women who would “benefit” from access to webcam abortions?

The response from Jill June, chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, was absolutely classic. She told the Des Moines Register that

“polling on such issues is inherently difficult. She said Planned Parenthood has done national polling on how people feel about video-conferencing systems like the one being pioneered in Iowa. The polling mainly determined the public doesn’t understand how telemedicine works, she said.

“’It’s like asking people if they’re going to vote for Joe. If they don’t know who Joe is, they’re going to say no,’ she said. June said it would have been interesting to ask poll participants how they feel about other types of telemedicine, such as its common use by psychiatrists to speak via video with patients and prescribe powerful drugs for them.”

Are you kidding me? Does June really expect us to believe that she believes that Iowans don’t know what “telemedicine abortions” are? They are ignorant after all the controversy and front-page stories when the Iowa Board of Medicine voted to require that abortionists be physically present when dispensing chemical abortifacients to pregnant women? Did no one hear Planned Parenthood cry “foul,” loud and often.

And, of course, the second paragraph perfectly illustrates how proponents of death by abortion try to hide under the life-affirming umbrella of telemedicine, which is widely supported.

The other response actually made me laugh, it was so absurd. Here’s the statement and the context:

“In the new poll, participants’ gender has little effect on their opinion. Opposition to the telemedicine abortion system runs at 67 percent among women and 65 percent among men.

“Elizabeth Nash, a national analyst for the Guttmacher Institute, said gender is not a major factor in most abortion polls. In general, she said, women are slightly more favorable toward abortion rights.

“The Guttmacher Institute favors abortion rights, but strives to be seen as an evenhanded source of facts about the issue. Nash said abortion is a particularly tricky subject for pollsters.

“’The word itself triggers such an emotional response,’ she said, adding that poll participants might stop listening to the details of a question once they hear it’s about abortion.”

I mean, please. Overwhelming opposition to webcam abortions by Iowans and Nash’s best comeback is, well, “women are slightly more favorable toward abortion rights.”

“Evenhanded source of facts” about abortion? I beg to differ with that unqualified pat on the back. But even if you granted that, it’s Guttmacher’s analysis/interpretation that is bent by its pro-abortion tilt.

Finally, does anyone over the age of six really believe that if 66% of respondents to the Iowa Poll said they supported the use of telemedicine abortions, Nash’s response would be that people’s brains had gone into neutral when the word “abortion” was used?

As pro-lifers fight webcam abortions, this poll is hugely important.

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