By a vote of 23-7, the Missouri Senate approved a house bill this week that would effectively ban telemedicine abortions being performed in Missouri.
HB 400, sponsored by Representative Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane), requires any physician ordering an abortion to be physically present when the patient is given medication to terminate a pregnancy. This requirement would prevent abortion providers from establishing clinics to perform chemical abortions via video conferencing technology.
A number of states surrounding Missouri, most notably Iowa, have set up such clinics. HB 400 now returns to the House, which is expected to pass the bill next week.