WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court decision to halt the mail delivery of abortion-inducing pills, requiring they be obtained at a medical facility.
“As a doctor, saving lives and improving health care outcomes for all patients is the ultimate goal. Mail-order chemical abortions do neither,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Without any medical supervision, these chemical abortions potentially pose severe risk, obviously for the unborn child but also for the mother.”
“We are grateful that the U.S. Supreme Court restored the FDA’s common-sense and medically appropriate rule requiring women to receive chemical abortions only after visiting with a physician in person. Mail-order abortions would greatly threaten the health and safety of women’s health nationwide,” said Benjamin Clapper, Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director.
Last year, Cassidy introduced the Teleabortion Prevention Act which would make it a federal offense for health care providers to perform a chemical abortion without first physically examining the patient, being present during the procedure, and scheduling a follow-up visit for the patient. This legislation builds on the efforts of several states to curtail teleabortion and care for mothers throughout their pregnancy.