Legislation aimed at expanding telemedicine options is on its way to Governor Wolf’s desk that includes a measure many Democrats say is an attack on the right to an abortion
Written by Victoria Scialfa on April 22, 2020
Legislation aimed at expanding telemedicine options amid coronavirus outbreak is on its way to Governor Wolf’s desk that includes a measure many Democrats say is an attack on the right to an abortion
By Tyler Pratt
April 22, 2020
Governor Tom Wolf plans to veto legislation that would expand the use of telemedicine in Pennsylvania but also would restrict its use for abortions.
The measure would require insurers to cover certain procedures using audio and video technology. It also would ban doctors from using telemedicine for prescribing a drug used during abortions in the early stage of a pregnancy.
Emily Callan, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, says telemedicine is currently used to connect people at different health care centers.
“We see telemedicine as an important way to expand healthcare to folks who need it. And that’s what lawmakers should be doing right now, not using this an opportunity to enact new barriers to abortion care,” said Callan.
The governor’s press secretary says he supported the bill before lawmakers amended it, adding in the abortion restrictions.