Critics of the first bill suggested that it is a "solution in search of a problem." But the licensing requirement is so basic, so commonsensical, that we cannot even know if there are any health problems in abortion clinics unless this bill is enacted into law. Kermit Gosnell's now-infamous Philadelphia abortion clinic, for example, committed its atrocities over many years, and no one knew about them because there were no inspections.
|MCCL's Andrea Rau testifies|
at the Feb. 27 hearing
Critics of the second bill touted the benefits of telemedicine. But the bill's advocates have not criticized telemedicine itself or in general -- it can be and is used to extend legitimate health care to many people who need it. Administering RU486 via telemedicine is simply a misuse of this technology. RU486 is an elective abortion method, not health care; it does not treat any medical condition. And it carries serious risks to the health of women that are exacerbated when a doctor is not present.