By Dave Andrusko
Okay, I don’t have access to POLITCO PRO (it costs a small fortune), but the excerpt printed this morning is more than enough. The bizarre headline is “Abortions via telemedicine not so bipartisan.”
What in the world is Ashley Gold reporting on? It’s all in the first sentence:
“Republican lawmakers are enthusiastic about telemedicine, which extends the reach of hard-to-find doctors — except when it comes to a particular use of the technology: for abortion.”
At the risk of sounding facetious, that brings to mind, “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?”
To put it simply, telemedicine is used in an emergency situation, or when a patient can’t make it a physician’s office, or it much easier to consult via video messaging software. Used appropriately, it is a life-affirming use of medical technology.
Pro-abortionists want to use this technology to expedite the performance of chemically-induced abortions (RU-486).
“There is a fundamental difference between a situation in which a person is dealing with some serious illness or health risk in an emergency situation and has no immediate access to a doctor versus one [a woman seeking an abortion] in which there is no underlying health issue and the procedure is entirely elective,” said NRLC’s Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon. “It is one thing to try to conduct a consultation over an x-ray or hold a counseling session over a video conference or even to try to perform some emergency life-saving procedure when medical professionals aren’t around, but quite another thing entirely to use a video teleconferencing system to sell more abortion pills to women in rural areas for whom you don’t want to train or hire or send the staff to adequately treat.”
Pro-abortionists simply merge the two uses of telemedicine (the latter is more accurately described as Web-cam abortions or Telemed abortions), and pretend not to understand why you could be favor of using the technology to save life but oppose its use to take life.
As one former Planned Parenthood employee put it,
“Telemed abortion doesn’t only result in the death of an unborn child; it strips women of their dignity by denying them the courtesy of an in-person visit from a doctor concerned for their health and well-being. It risks their lives by sending them away with no support and a drug that has led to massive bleeding and hemorrhaging, infection and even death.”