Senate supports ban on ‘telemedicine abortion

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The Louisiana Senate has overwhelmingly agreed to a new abortion restriction that would require doctors to be present when the abortion pill is administered.

Senators voted 32-2 Monday for Senate Bill 90, which would prohibit doctors from remotely administering the pill via video hookup, a process criticized as “telemedicine abortion.”

State Sen. Fred Mills, R-Breaux Bridge and sponsor of SB90, says it would protect women’s health.

No one spoke against the proposal in the state Senate. It heads next to the Louisiana House.

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast opposes the legislation as medically unnecessary, saying it’s designed to make it harder for women to get abortions.

The abortion pill works during the first nine weeks of pregnancy, causing an embryo to detach from the uterine wall.