Montana Gov. vetoes bill regulating web-cam abortions

By Dave Andrusko

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock

Pro-abortion Montana Gov. Steve Bullock not only vetoed a bill to require abortionists to be in the presence of the women who are taking abortifacients, he did so on the last day of the legislative session. Not being in the presence of the aborting women is at the core of “webcam” abortions, a new and very lucrative stream of income for the abortion industry.

According to Mike Dennison of the Helena Independent Record:

Bullock’s vetoes mean the bills are dead, because he delivered the vetoes before the Legislature adjourned, meaning the Legislature would have to vote, in person, to override them.

The Legislature adjourned for good Tuesday morning, and therefore cannot vote to override any of the Monday vetoes.

According to National Right to Life’s Department of State Legislation, nineteen (19) states have enacted laws requiring abortionist to be physically present in the same room as the woman when administering a chemical abortion.

Webcam abortions are an integral part of the long-term strategy of the Abortion Industry. As NRLC’s Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon explained to NRL News Today, web-cam abortions are built around a system which makes it possible for the abortionist and the pregnant woman never to be in the same room.

It is designed to expand the number of abortions by reaching “underserved” populations, particularly in rural areas. Here’s how webcam abortions works.

An abortionist back at a hub clinic teleconferences with a patient at one of the smaller satellite offices, reviews her case, and asks a couple of questions. If satisfied, he clicks a mouse, remotely unlocking a drawer at her location. In that drawer are the abortion pills which make up the two-drug abortion technique (RU-486 and a prostaglandin). She takes the RU-486 there and takes the rest of the pills home to administer to herself later.

In his veto message, Buttock offered the usual justifications, including “A woman’s reproductive health shouldn’t be subject to political whims of the Montana Legislature.”

The other and more primary rationalization for his veto is also common among foes.

“As elected officials, we should all be working together to expand access to health-care services in Montana. Unfortunately, HB587 and several other bills proposed this session seek to do just the opposite, particularly for women and families living in the more rural part of our state.”

In other words, webcam abortions are merely a subset of telemedicine–and to oppose them is to oppose “good medicine.”

But webcam abortions are anything but good medicine. Their availability not only increases the number of aborted babies, they also carry considerable risks to the mother.

And women living in rural areas are the ones for whom the complications associated with chemical abortions could prove most dangerous.

There have been thousands of “adverse events” for women who have undergone RU-486 abortions and at least 14 deaths in the US and five overseas. And those figures are almost four years old.