Covering Louisiana

Apr 17, 2013 2:49 PM by AP(COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)

Bill would ban so-called 'telemedicine abortions'

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Anti-abortion advocates are pushing to add new restrictions for the procedure in Louisiana, to ban doctors from remotely administering the abortion pill via a video hookup.

A proposal barring the practice they call "telemedicine abortions" or "webcam abortions" received the backing Wednesday of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

St. Martin Parish Sen. Fred Mills says a doctor should be present in the room to administer the medication as a safety precaution.

Dorinda Bordlee, an anti-abortion attorney, says the bill protects women's health, to ensure they have proper medical attention if they encounter complications. Bordlee says nine other states have passed similar restrictions.

The measure was approved without objection and heads to the full Senate for debate.

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