Ohio State Senator Steve Huffman has said he will introduce a bill next week that would prohibit the administration of the abortion pill via telemedicine. According to NBC 4, the bill would require a woman seeking the abortion pill to visit an abortion facility.
“It’s about safety,” explained Huffman. “… It’s so important that someone should be there looking somebody in the eye and making that decision, not somebody out in California or New York that has a website that you can get on and get the medication to have an abortion.”
There are 24 known cases of women dying as a result of the abortion pill, although only about half of all states are even required to report abortion complications — and some women are told that in the case of complications to tell the emergency room staff that they are miscarrying, not that they have taken the abortion pill. Because of these factors, it is impossible to know the true number of complications and maternal deaths from the abortion pill.
Complications and side effects of the abortion pill including vomiting, hemorrhaging, massive clots, hospitalization, and life-threatening infections. One large-scale study even points to the abortion pill having four times the risk of serious complications compared to surgical abortions.
Taking the abortion pill beyond nine weeks gestation is dangerous, as the chance for complications rises with each week; therefore, it is important that a woman undergo an ultrasound to date the pregnancy before taking the abortion pill. In the event of an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy, taking the abortion pill could prove deadly for a woman. These are both valid reasons to outlaw telemed abortions, yet the abortion industry continues to fight laws that aim to protect women from such complications.
Despite the obvious dangers to women, pro-abortion organizations are working to establish approval for the distribution of the abortion pill via “mail order.” They also want to expand the use of the abortion pill into the second trimester.
Huffman said that he has at least 12 cosponsors for the bill and he believes it will pass the Ohio Senate.
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