Pennsylvania governor vetoes telemedicine bill because it doesn’t expand abortion pill access

Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania, telemedicine

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has vetoed a telemedicine bill specifically because it excluded the expansion of access to abortion pills, Breitbart News reports.

Senate Bill 857 would have expanded access to telemedicine for Pennsylvania residents, an initiative brought about in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Wolf’s April 29th veto statement alluded to the absence of abortion coverage in the telemedicine expansion bill: “As amended, this bill interferes with women’s healthcare and the crucial decision-making between patients and their physicians.” 

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Governor Wolf’s veto comes as abortion activists have been pressing for the expansion of the abortion pill since early on in the coronavirus pandemic, as Live Action News has reported. Wolf has longstanding ties to the abortion industry, to include Planned Parenthood spending $1.5 million to re-elect Governor Wolf in his most recent campaign, as Breitbart News noted in 2018. 

The abortion pill mifepristone, when taken in conjunction with misoprostol, forces a woman’s body to miscarry the preborn baby. Under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety system known as Risk Evaluation and Mitigation System (REMS), only clinics or hospitals with adequate facilities to treat or direct care for women suffering from complications are authorized to dispense the abortion pill regimen.

Abortion activists often argue that the abortion pill, usually taken only up until the 10th week of pregnancy, has a low risk of complications. But as Live Action News has pointed out, the abortion pill carries with it the potential for significant complications. And even according to Planned Parenthood’s own research, the abortion pill fails in anywhere from two to nine percent of all cases, as Live Action News has noted


“Gov. Wolf vetoed a bill that would expand critical telemedicine options for all Pennsylvanians just because it could not be used to circumvent state and federal law to create a regime of at-home abortion,” said Katie Glenn, government affairs counsel at Americans United for Life, in a statement to Breitbart News. “Gov. Wolf has made it clear what his priority is–and it isn’t expanding healthcare access for rural Pennsylvanians.”

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