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PA Gov. Vetoes Telemedicine Bill Since it Excludes At-Home Abortion Pills

PA Gov. Vetoes Telemedicine Bill Since it Excludes At-Home Abortion Pills

The bill has a new amendment that excludes drugs not approved by an FDA safety program, which includes an abortion pill.

Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a telemedicine bill meant to help people use the internet for virtual doctor visits and receive medication because it did not include abortion pills.

The bill received a new amendment that bans “the use of telemedicine for procedures that are not approved under the Food and Drug Administration’s Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS),” which does not include the at-home abortion drug mifeprex.

REMS “requires patients to be informed about a drug’s side effects, along with the drug’s registration with an FDA safety program.”

This was too much for Wolf:

“Telemedicine is a valuable option in the delivery of health care services, especially during these trying times. However, it is crucially important to ensure this access is equitable and does not restrict medical treatment and services,” Wolf said in a veto message released Wednesday. He claimed the bill “interferes with women’s health care and the crucial decision-making between patients and their physicians.”

Republican Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman pointed out that the state does not allow at-home abortions so it’s impossible for the bill to restrict abortion:

He accused the governor of rewarding his political allies at the expense of public health.

“In bending to his political interests, the Governor is denying access to medical care, increasing the cost of healthcare and decreasing the quality of life in our communities,” Corman said in a statement. “This bill embraced federal guidelines for prescribing medications. The bill changed nothing about how healthcare was being offered through an in-person visit. To use that as an excuse to veto the bill is just a partisan falsehood.”

Planned Parenthood Keystone already said it will keep clinics open “for abortion services only.” The company even begged for medical equipment even though hospitals have a shortage.

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LibraryGryffon | May 4, 2020 at 3:21 pm

Read that and there is no wonder it shouldn’t be done by telemedicine. I recall when it first came out and PP was using it like candy there were more than a few deaths.

Abortion is a religious rite to the Democrat zealots.

    n.n in reply to dystopia. | May 4, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Yes, it is a moral sacrament normalized by the Progressive Church. Not the first, second, third, or even fourth choice, but Pro-Choice, selective, opportunistic, the wicked solution. Keep women barefoot, available, and taxable. In Stork They Trust.

Anacleto Mitraglia | May 4, 2020 at 4:18 pm

There’s a reason if RU386 is not easily prescribed: it actually kills women. PP is not interested in reproductive health: their only concern is killing babies, as many as possible.

TX-rifraph | May 4, 2020 at 4:28 pm

Elections have consequences. What is disappointing is the weak counter punch by the Republicans. Wolf’s defense is a weak cliché that should be turned into a suppository for the Governor.

Tom Wolf is a spineless moron who can’t make a decision without consulting the democrat establishment. I say that as a 20-plus year Pennsylvania resident, small-business owner, employer, taxpayer, homeowner. Great state, great people, stupid-ass governor.

Socialist-Democrats have to do what Socialist-Democrats do. Dytopia has it exactly right.

Abortion clinics stayed open for a completely elective homicidal procedure while people in excruciating pain needing a hip or knee replacement were told to wait until whenever the dictators decided they could have their elective procedure.

    n.n in reply to Edward. | May 4, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Reproductive rites are an essential service. Also, Planned Parenthood et al provide an essential product (i.e. cannibalized-child).

A social contagion spread by the Progressive Church that normalizes several hundred thousand excess deaths annually in America alone.

Legislature: lock down in order to save lives, but here’s a work around for healthcare.

Governor: lock down in order to save lives, but kill the babies or FU and your work around.

A lamp post for every single one of these fascist crap weasels!

BierceAmbrose | May 4, 2020 at 8:23 pm

Nice medical care bill you have there. Would be a shame if anything held if up…

Mayhaps if you have to get your pet agenda by holding up something else, your pet agenda isn’t so much wanted. Perhaps take a look to see if it makes sense.

Really, getting elected to something means “go implement what we want”, not “take your cut of everythig on the way throug.” The Senator in Casino, who “won his comp life when he got elected” was not a role model. Literally everybody in that sucked, or worse. In a sense it was an abstracted hell: horrible people, getting everyting they ever wanted, being horrible, and it doesn’t work out.

We couldn’t get approval to authorize a dangerous drug to kill future human beings. Therefore, no virtual doctor’s office visit for you to check for complications from your blood pressure medication or anticoagulant. You’ll just have to take your chances with a clot or hemorrhage.

Sorry, Old Guy, but thems the breaks. Enjoy your stroke.

Barry Soetoro | May 5, 2020 at 12:38 am

A Democrat in this day and age is a politician who holds Americans hostage.

We in PA voted him in, we must now live with our choice. Ugh!