Ban on Telemedicine Abortions Awaits House Debate

HB 400, a bill that would ban telemedicine abortions in Missouri, is on the Missouri House calendar and will be considered soon.

HB 400 is intended to prevent Planned Parenthood from setting up telemedicine clinics in remote portions of Missouri to perform abortions using Internet videophone technology. According to testimony offered by a former Planned Parenthood employee in Iowa at a recent hearing on HB 400, Planned Parenthood of Iowa added clinics after starting a telemedicine abortion practice there, increasing the number of Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa from five to 17.

The Missouri Catholic Conference strongly supports HB 400, since it will prevent Missouri abortion providers from participating in telemedicine abortions

In speaking against modern developments like telemedicine abortions, Pope John Paul II lamented the spread of what he termed a “conspiracy against life,” stating:

“In order to facilitate the spread of abortion, enormous sums of money have been invested and continue to be invested in the production of pharmaceutical products, which make it possible to kill the fetus in the mother’s womb without recourse to medical assistance. On this point, scientific research itself seems almost exclusively preoccupied with developing products which are ever more simple and effective in suppressing life and which at the same time are capable of removing abortion from any kind of control or social responsibility.” (Evangelium Vitae, No.13, emphasis in original)

The common good demands that we avoid falling into the trap of spreading the evil of abortion at all, much less through the misappropriation of modern technology. To contact your state representative to voice your support for HB 400, click here.

Click here to view the Action Alert on HB 400.

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