The Teleabortion Prevention Act is sponsored by Representative Bob Good (R-Virginia). Talking about the measure on American Family Radio Monday morning, Good said he is 100% pro-life from conception – but argued that something must be done to protect women seeking abortion.
"Over the COVID situation, you had the rise in chemical abortions get to where [that accounted for] about half of abortions conducted in our country," he lamented. "So, our Teleabortion Prevention Act simply puts some minimum standards [on] a physician who is prescribing or helping a woman with teleabortion."
He added: "… At a minimum, there has to be a physical examination [before the drug is prescribed] to assess the particular risk to the health of this woman who is having the abortion."
The Teleabortion Prevention Act – which Good introduced in August 2021 but never received a floor vote – would also require a physician be present during a chemical abortion.
"It's so the woman is not left to go through this alone and [through] whatever risks she may incur physically from this, whatever harm may come to her – [and] there are risks to the woman health-wise," he emphasizes.
Under the legislation, an in-person follow-up examination would also be required after the chemical abortion.
As reported last month by AFN, 18 states have complete bans in place on telemedicine abortions. On the national scene, the pro-life group Students for Life Action sees Good's legislation as a potential solution for reinstating safeguards removed recently by the Food and Drug Administration dealing with the distribution of chemical abortion drugs.