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?
"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.
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.