Ban on Telemedicine Abortions to Become Law

Friday, July 12, 2013

Missouri law will now require a physician to be physically present when administering the initial dose of an abortion drug, such as RU-486. Governor Nixon this week chose to take no action (sign or veto) on HB 400 so the bill becomes effective as state law on August 28.

The Missouri Catholic Conference worked closely with Missouri Right to Life, Campaign Life, and other organizations to secure passage of the bill.

The new law will ensure that Missouri does not follow the example of Iowa, which allows telemedicine abortions. Such “remote control” abortions belie the claims of the abortion industry that the safety of women comes first. The best medical practice would be to have no abortions whatsoever, but if an abortion is to take place the doctor should be present in order to respond to any complications that might arise.

The new HB 400 law is another positive step toward creating an abortion-free society where both mothers and their unborn children are protected and cared for.

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