They are called TRAP laws for a reason.
As Robin Marty reports, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced they are suspending their medical abortion practice immediately, citing new regulations that make administering RU-486 too much of a burden and a risk.
Wisconsin’s new “Coercive and Webcam Abortion Prevention Act” requires that a doctor is present at all times during the process of getting a medical abortion and further requires the doctor take numerous “checks” to prove that the patient is not being “coerced” into an abortion.
The bill also bans “telemed” abortions, procedures where doctors monitor a patient remotely via webcam during a medical abortion. The practice has greatly expanded access to women in rural America where clinics do not always have a provider on staff.
In addition to the requirements at the time of administering RU-486 the Wisconsin bill requires any doctor to provide a follow up check on the patient within 12 to 18 days following a medication abortion. Patients have the option of turning down the appointment or to see their own physicians, but doing so may risk the doctor who provided the medication being charged with a Class 1 felony for not seeing her again.
For providers, there’s simply too much risk and too much unknown in the new regulations. Health care providers have had less than two weeks to study and learn the new requirements before they took effect. As a result, women in Wisconsin have one less avenue for controlling their health care decisions.
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