‘Shield Laws’ Enable over 40,000 Abortions in States with Bans via Telehealth

Washington Examiner

Over 40,000 women in states with abortion restrictions have accessed abortion medication from providers in other states via telehealth appointments, according to a study published on Tuesday.

According to the Society of Family Planning, a pro-abortion-rights organization, 19% of all abortions in the United States in December 2023 were conducted via telehealth appointments, during which a physician would prescribe abortion pills to be sent to the patient via mail.

Even in states that have banned or strictly regulated abortion, including telehealth abortion consultation, patients have been able to seek abortions via telehealth from providers in states that have so-called shield laws, which are designed to protect healthcare providers from prosecution in states where the procedure is banned.

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