HB 154 BILL

HB 154 “PHYSICIAN PHYSICAL PRESENCE AND WOMEN PROTECTION ACT”

This legislation requires a physician to conduct an in-person examination and counseling of a pregnant woman prior to prescribing abortion-inducing drugs.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MAIN REASONS TO BAN WEBCAM ABORTIONS AND REQUIRE THE ACTUAL PRESENCE OF THE PHYSICIAN?

  • In a web-cam abortion, no qualified medical personnel examines the woman and rule out life-threatening risks such as an ectopic pregnancy.
  • What happens if there is a complication?  Who cares for the woman when the doctor who gave her the chemical drug has never even examined her?
  • Many teens are choosing chemical abortion and the drugs have never been tested for safety on girls under 18 years old.  To have an untested, toxic chemical administered without a doctor present is dangerous and irresponsible.
  • RU-486 is not simple medicine like cough syrup or aspirin.  It is a chemical cocktail that has a profound impact on both physical and mental health.
  • Chemical abortions via webcam are a lucrative business model designed to minimize overhead for Planned Parenthood
  • Chemical abortions are less messy for Planned Parenthood and more traumatizing for women, because the women and teens are forced to deal with the hemorrhaging and the dead baby at home – alone.
  • Chemical abortions are not less intrusive.  They are more abusive
  • Complications can include excessive blood loss requiring transfusion, Undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy, bacterial infection, hospitalization and death
  • Web-cam chemical abortion is an irresponsible corruption of legitimate telemedicine

What is a Web-cam Abortion?

"Web-cam abortions" are (RU-486) chemical abortions done by a video conferencing system where the abortionist is located at one location and uses a type of closed circuit TV to talk over a computer video screen with a girl who is at another location.  The chemicals are dispensed by a remote control which opens a drawer near the woman. She removes the pills herself.  The abortionist never sees the woman in person.  They’re never actually in the same room.

What Does HB 154, the “IDAHO PHYSICIAN PRESENT ACT” Do?

It is actually very modest.  It simply requires a physician prescribing RU-486 deal to conduct an in-person examination of the woman before giving her the drug(s).  That examination should involve confirmation of the baby’s gestational age and whether the baby is located in the uterus (as opposed to the fallopian tube).

The bill requires a physician to make “every effort” to get the woman back in for a follow-up examination after the abortion is completed, to make sure that the abortion has actually been completed, and to determine whether the woman has any complications (i.e., bleeding, infection).

What Do these RU-486 Pills Do?

Ru-486 involves a 2-drug regimen, mifepristone (mif’-pris-tone) and misoprostol  (my’-so-prost’-ol).

The first drug is taken to kill the baby by depriving it of nutrients.  The woman/girl takes this chemical while in front of the webcam.

She takes the other pills, home to take later several days later.  She will go into labor and expel the baby…often all alone. 

As you would think, these chemical cocktails can be very dangerous.