Bill banning so-called "tele-medicine abortions" approved
BATON ROUGE- Anti-abortion advocates are pushing to add new restrictions for the procedure in Louisiana, banning doctors from remotely administering the abortion pill via a video hookup.
A proposal barring the practice they call "telemedicine abortions" or "web cam abortions" received the backing of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday.
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.
The bill now heads to the full Senate for debate.