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What are “telemed” abortions?

“Telemed” abortion is a new type of abortion procedure being experimented by Planned Parenthood in Iowa. The procedure involves the dispensing of abortion-inducing pills (including RU486) by a doctor available only by computer monitor. With no face-to-face discussion or physical exam, the doctor simply pushes a button to release abortion pills.

A pregnant girl – even a teenager or minor still living at home – is given the abortion drugs and then sent home. The abortion is induced by the drugs and, later on, the girl experiences cramping and bleeding as the deceased baby is expelled.

As the baby is expelled due to the abortion drugs, parents may have no idea why their daughter is bleeding or what potential complications may result.

“Telemed” abortions are used to abort babies up to 9 weeks old (63 days). There are no limitations on the age of the pregnant girl, nor any requirement that, if the pregnant girl is a teenager or minor, parents be notified.

Are “Telemed” abortions dangerous?

Extremely. Teenagers and young women who experience these induced abortions often find themselves suffering through the procedure alone and at home. The abortion process can take days and be very painful, involving heavy bleeding and cramping until the baby is expelled. Complications, such as excessive bleeding or infection, may require emergency treatment.

A serious risk for “telemed” abortions involves fetal tissue that is not expelled in the abortion process. A recently-released study conducted on 120 women who underwent medically-induced abortions at 9 weeks of gestation found that more than one quarter (28%) retained fetal tissue, which can lead to infection and require emergency aid. [FIND CITE…This was on the Operation rescue website]

Where are “telemed” abortions already occurring?

According to news reports, thousands of Iowa babies already have been aborted using the “telemed” procedure. These abortions are occurring at many Planned Parenthood facilities across the state, including:

  • Ames
  • Bettendorf
  • Cedar Falls
  • Council Bluffs
  • Des Moines
  • Iowa City
  • Knoxville
  • Newton
  • Red Oak
  • Spencer
  • Sioux City
  • Storm Lake
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