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Doctors prescribing abortion pills in US and states push back

The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to weigh in on Mississippi’s abortion law that could strike down abortion on demand in Roe v. Wade. But some abortionists are already trying to circumvent state laws limiting the procedure by providing abortion pills via telemedicine, and lawmakers are trying to stop them.

The Kaiser Health Foundation, left, wrote a glowing account of Dr Mai Fleming, who flew to Texas from her home in San Francisco twice a month to abort babies until the state banned the abortions after six weeks of gestation.

Then Fleming worked to get licensed in a dozen states so she could “cross” state lines to deliver abortion pills via telemedicine.

“Where I live is an area where abortion is really easily accessible,” Fleming said. “My approach has been to expand access beyond my geographic bubble.”

But abortionists like Fleming are being pushed back by lawmakers and others, according to a Foundation article published in the San Francisco Chronicle:

So far this year, 22 states have introduced a total of 104 proposals to restrict medical abortions, such as banning the mailing of abortion pills and/or requiring them to be delivered in person, according to the Institute. Guttmacher, who researches and advocates for abortion rights. Four of these proposals have already been adopted by South Dakota.

In Georgia, lawmakers are considering a measure that would require the pills to be delivered in person and prohibit anyone from mailing them. The bill, which was passed by one of the two houses of the Georgia Legislature, also requires pregnant patients to come in person for testing to check for rare complications and gather other information. , a common strategy that anti-abortion lawmakers have used to make medical abortion harder to obtain. .

“We wouldn’t have a telemedicine visit and teach a woman how to perform a surgical abortion,” said Bruce Thompson, the Republican state senator who introduced the Georgia measure. “Why would we do this with pills when frankly we have a lot of doctors or medical clinics all over the state?”

If the bill passes, Georgia will be one of 19 states to have banned medical telemedicine abortions.

Kaiser described medical abortion as a woman taking two pills over two days – one to kill the baby and the other to expel it.

Kaiser quoted the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group, as saying that in 2020 more than 50% of abortions were medical.

Dr. Lester Ruppersberger, a retired obstetrician-gynecologist and former president of the Catholic Medical Association, said the decision to have a medical abortion should require an in-person appointment with a doctor.

“If someone really wants an abortion, whether surgical or medical, and the closest facility where you can safely access that particular procedure is three hours away, then you’ll get in your car , in perfect health, and will drive three hours to take advantage of the medical system,” Ruppersberger said.

Ruppersberger is also the medical director of two pregnancy centers in Pennsylvania that help women dealing with unplanned pregnancies.

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