3 March 2016
Abortion Supervisory Committee,
Dear Ms Cole
Webcam Abortions – Official Information Act Request
I wish to request under the official Information Act copies of any correspondence between the Committee and any other party on the issue of telemed or webcam abortions.
Your Committee would be aware that Planned Parenthood in the United States are promoting telemed abortions. Women would consult with a doctor on a webcam at one of the regional clinics before being given the first of two chemical abortion drugs. The woman would take the first drug at the clinic and the second drug at home. The abortion clinic is targeting women in rural areas. According to Planned Parenthood the webcam abortions will be more convenient and less costly for women in rural parts of the country. There are three States that approve of this dangerous procedure.
Webcam abortions fly in the face of common sense. Pro life organisations in the United States have very serious safety concerns about abortion doctors skipping face-to-face meetings with their patients.
Planned Parenthood claims the procedure is safe, but several studies have shown the opposite to be true. Chemical abortions, usually the drug regimen RU 486, can be very dangerous to the woman as well as her unborn child, especially if not medically supervised, as is the case with webcam abortions.
According to April 2011 FDA figures, there were 2,207 adverse events related to the use of RU 486, including 14 deaths, 612 hospitalisations, 58 ectopic pregnancies, 339 blood transfusions and 256 cases of infections in the United States alone. A European drug manufacturer has publicly stated that 28 women have died worldwide after using RU 486/mifepristone.
According to the FDA, at least two women died from ruptured ectopic pregnancies after using RU 486. Medical supervision, which will be lacking with the webcam abortions, could prevent deaths like these. The FDA recommends that women see an abortion doctor in person prior to having a chemical abortion.
This perversion of tele-medicine technology is putting women in danger and it should be stopped. These abortions take longer and are bloodier than a surgical abortion. These abortions are more profitable for Planned Parenthood, but more traumatic for women, who have to deal with the body of their dead baby at home.
Planned Parenthood is a sister affiliate with the New Zealand Family Planning Association, [FPA] and affiliated with the International Planned Parenthood Federation. They share the same philosophy, aims and objectives. We would expect that the FPA and Dr Simon Snook would be supportive of this dangerous procedure being introduced into New Zealand, if the Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act was amended to permit it.
I would be grateful if you would confirm that the Committee supports the present legislation that prohibits webcam abortions?
Right to Life.