Abortion opponents have rushed to introduce a slew of new abortion restrictions in the 2013 legislative session, attacking reproductive rights from all angles. But it’s not just about restricting access to existing medical procedures. Anti-choice activists are also looking ahead to the future, attempting to prevent medical technology from advancing to better accommodate women’s reproductive care. Even though telemedical abortion services — which rely on new technology to allow doctors to meet with patients over video conferences, and distribute abortion pills with a remote control — can help expand reproductive care to women who wouldn’t be able to access it otherwise, abortion opponents are scaling a coordinated attack against it. Decrying “webcam abortions” as an unsafe medical procedure, despite the significant evidence to the contrary, anti-abortion lawmakers are increasingly advocating legislation to outlaw the practice.
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