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Rep. Bob Good Protects Mothers and Babies and Introduces the Teleabortion Prevention Act of 2021

September 1, 2021

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) introduced the Teleabortion Prevention Act of 2021 to hold accountable medical professional providing remote healthcare. This bill will make the performance of a chemical abortion by healthcare providers a federal offense, if they do not first conduct a physical examination, be present during the chemical abortion, and schedule a follow-up visit for the patient.

“Abortion is morally wrong under any circumstance, and it is disturbing that the remote healthcare movement has allowed abortion to take place without an initial physical examination of the patient,” said Rep. Bob Good. “The Teleabortion Prevention Act protects pregnant women by holding doctors accountable to make sure they are not circumventing patient care. I am deeply saddened by how far the radical left has gone in their efforts to permit the killing of the unborn. I will always fight to protect innocent life.”

"While chemical abortions destroy the life of an unborn baby, they are also dangerous to the life of the mother. The abortion industry's efforts to use the pandemic to expand this abortion procedure without regard to a woman's health and outside the care of her doctor, is appalling,” said Jessica Anderson, Executive Director of Heritage Action for America. “Rep. Good's legislation would protect women."

"As we've known for years, Chemical Abortion pills are deadly to preborn babies and dangerous for mothers, leading to the deaths of over 20 women that we know of,” said Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life Action. “The Biden Administration's recent attempts to provide Chemical Abortion pills without basic health and safety standards does American women a disservice, allowing mothers to act as their own amateur abortionist, DIY-ing their abortion without medical oversight. Unsupervised Chemical Abortions can lead to loss of fertility, infection, serious injury, and even death. The Teleabortion Prevention Act reinstates vital safeguards that ensure intervention is available should a woman experience a medical emergency. "Death by mail" is both convenient and cost effective for the predatory abortion industry, leaving countless women and preborn babies to pay the ultimate price. Anyone supporting no-test abortions clearly doesn't care about women."

“We are thankful to Rep. Bob Good for his boldness in introducing this crucial legislation,” said SBA List VP of Government Affairs Marilyn Musgrave. “The Biden administration is actively working to strip away federal restrictions on dangerous mail-order abortion drugs and have already removed the federal requirement that a physician be present when abortion pills are administered. Together with Democrats in Congress, they want to turn every post office and pharmacy into an abortion clinic and would leave women alone to suffer the consequences. Scientific data shows that chemical abortions have four times the rate of complications compared to surgical abortions.”

“The abortion industry continues to exploit vulnerable women through the use of chemical abortions for profit, and they are dishonest about the impact of chemical abortion on women’s health. For years they have worked to remove key health and safety protocols that require an abortionist to physically examine the mother before administering these dangerous drugs, in order to avoid misdiagnosing the pregnancy or missing a condition (such as ectopic pregnancy) that can put the mother’s life at much higher risk,” said Connor Semelsberger, Director of Federal Affairs for Life and Human Dignity, Family Research Council. “Thank you to Representative Good for standing up to protect both vulnerable women and their unborn children.”

“The push for Teleabortion ignores the dangers to children and women,” said Tom McClusky, March for Life Action. “The fact that women could take dangerous drugs through the mail, drugs that kill unborn children in the womb and harms women both physically and emotionally, without ever actually seeing a physician is dreadful. March for Life Action applauds Rep. Good for his bill to halt this dangerous practice.”

"We thank Rep. Bob Good for his work on this important pro-life legislation. Teleabortions are dangerous because the woman does not receive a physical examination from the abortion doctor, despite the well-documented risk and complications of chemical abortion drugs which include life-threatening hemorrhages, infections, or ruptured ectopic pregnancies,” said Jennifer Popik, Legislative Counsel of National Rights to Life Coalition. “This legislation is strong step forward in protecting mothers and their unborn children from the reckless abortion industry."

Cosponsors (44): Aderholt (R-AL), Babin (R-TX), Baird (R-IN), Banks (R-IN), Biggs (R-AZ), Bishop (R-NC), Boebert (R-CO), Budd (R-NC), Carter (R-GA), Chabot (R-OH), Cloud (R-TX), Duncan (R-SC), Ellzey (R-TX), Franklin (R-FL), Gohmert (R-TX), Gosar (R-AZ) Grothman (R-WI), Harris (R-MD), Herrell (R-NM), Hice (R-GA), Johnson (R-LA), Joyce (R-PA), Kelly (R-MS), Kelly (R-PA),LaMalfa (R-CA), Lamborn (R-CO), LaTurner (R-KS), Lesko (R-AZ), Letlow (R-LA), Loudermilk (R-GA), Miller (R-IL), Mooney (R-WV), Moore (R-AL), Norman (R-SC), Palazzo (R-MS), Rice (R-SC), Rouzer (R-NC), Rosendale (R-MT), Roy (R-TX), Weber (R-TX), Sessions (R-TX), Steube (R-FL), Williams (R-TX), Wittman (R-VA)

Groups supporting: Susan B. Anthony List, Family Research Council, March for Life Action, National Right to Life, Students for Life Action, Heritage Action, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops