A woman seeking an abortion via telemedicine has an ultrasound performed by a trained technician, receives information about medical abortion and signs a standard informed consent for the abortion.
Once that is complete, a physician steps in via teleconference. The doctor reviews the woman’s medical history and ultrasound images, and once it is determined that she is eligible — up to nine weeks pregnant and not an ectopic pregnancy — she has time to ask questions.
Then, the doctor enters a computer passcode to remotely open a drawer at the clinic containing two pills. She then swallows the mifepristone, under the doctor’s supervision, and then is instructed to take four additional tablets of misoprostol within the next 24 to 48 hours. The actual abortion happens at home.
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Abortion has come down to this because of lack of abortion providers and lack of access for women in some states with stringent abortion laws. Some women may prefer this approach, but the fact that it’s basically forced upon as the only choice in places like Iowa is upsetting.
Choice means being able to get an abortion or deciding to keep the baby. Choice also means having a procedure done by a doctor in a clinic or having a medically-induced abortion in the privacy of one’s own home. Women shouldn’t have to feel like pariahs for making their choice.
I wasn’t even aware this was going on. I’ve never heard of Telemedicine before.
It’s really great for people living far away from any clinic or hospital, especially if they’re in a state with waiting periods, or need to keep it private from others in their lives.