Telemedicine and Abortion

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Telemedicine-and-Abortion

Telemedicine and Abortion

"A woman considering an abortion needs to know vital things about her body that cannot be assessed through a video chat."

Most of us would agree the pandemic has created a “new normal” in many areas of life that we don’t necessarily love. Does anyone enjoy wearing a mask or social distancing? On the other hand, it has also created some great innovations.

Take telemedicine for example. Many have found this new method of delivering health care a welcome option. And while there may be many reasons for a woman to take advantage of this new technology, not every medical need is well suited for this innovation.  Abortion is one example of a telemedicine service that leaves women short changed.

A woman considering an abortion needs to know vital things about her body that cannot be assessed through a video chat. Is the pregnancy in the uterus? Is there a heartbeat? How far along is she? While her last menstrual period is a good indication, it is not perfect. Many women report changes in their period (such as light bleeding or spotting) that may or may not qualify as a true cycle. A free ultrasound – something you can’t get from telemedicine – is the only way to accurately date a pregnancy. Accurate dating is vital information for anyone considering abortion.

In addition, many women considering abortion may want to know about their other options. Options counseling is a vital part of the services that should be provided in such cases. And while counseling can certainly be done via screens, it is often less personal and it can make it challenging for a woman to truly share her thoughts and emotions with another person.

Most women facing unplanned pregnancies need a safe place to process all that they are thinking and feeling. Sometimes, it is also best to include the woman’s partner in those conversations. And while some technology platforms do allow for multiple people to engage in discussions, it’s often a far cry from the face-to-face hard conversation that typically needs to take place between a woman and her partner, with the help of a trained advocate.

Decisions related to an unplanned pregnancy are rarely easily made. The entire decision-making process is best informed by accurate medical information. At Alcove Health, we provide a safe place for women to process all of their pregnancy options, along with the medically accurate information they need. And we do it all at no cost.

We are thankful for the advent of telemedicine. We see the tremendous benefits in many situations. But for the woman considering abortion, we continue to believe there are no substitutes for accurate medical information and real, live women who will listen well. 

At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic in Newport News, we provide a safe space for you to process your options, along with the medically accurate information you need to make an informed decision.  Call us today at 757-591-8141 to schedule your free appointment. We are here in person waiting to serve you.

By Sheri, Client Advocate

June 2, 2021

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Telabortion

Young woman on laptop during a telabortion call
Young woman on laptop during a telabortion call

Telabortion

Telabortion is a research study that sells abortions without having any in-person care

TELABORTION IS A STUDY

Medical abortions account for 42% of abortions in our country, and they come with issues that are often not discussed.  Very recent legal actions have changed the landscape of abortion today. This study attracts the attention of a woman facing a crisis and is packaged as an easy solution.  However, it is putting the health and safety of vulnerable young women at risk.  Advertisements tout ease and simplicity, BUT ignore the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) warnings regarding the medications used in medical abortions (mifepristone and misoprostol). 

UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS

There are very specific guidelines in place for the use of mifepristone and misoprostol.  The FDA has classified mifepristone under the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program. REMS is meant for drugs known to have serious safety concerns.   Also, there are necessary medical tests that should be completed before and after they are prescribed.  The FDA website currently states:  “Mifeprex may only be dispensed in clinics, medical offices, and hospitals by or under the supervision of a certified healthcare provider”.

Yet these drugs, risky as they may be, are being mailed out – to be taken at home, alone – without a physician to care for the patient.

Here’s the real deal:  Telabortion is a research study that sells abortions without having any in-person care, not even a free ultrasound.  There is a glaring absence of the “one on one” relationship with a medical provider covering all the protocols.  Specific recommendations for medical abortion protocol should be based on established published scientific literature.  The steps should include screening for eligibility, counseling, education, informed consent, medical history, physical examination, laboratory evaluation, medication, follow-up care, and conclusion of treatment.  Don’t take any shortcuts with your reproductive health.  

WE CAN DO MORE FOR THE WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITY

Here at Alcove Health Women’s Clinic, you will get the Real Deal.  We are the only free clinic on the Virginia Peninsula that will meet with you one on one and cover all of the options available to you when making a pregnancy decision.  We offer confidentiality, accurate medical information, resources, and trustworthy counsel. You’re not part of a “study” here. You get a human relationship with listening ears and options tailored to your needs.  Your decision today can have a long-lasting impact. Call and make an appointment today at 757-591-8141

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By Meg, RN, BSN

April 19, 2021

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