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I’ve previously said I think Planned Parenthood’s plans to commit RU-486 telemed abortions nationwide are much farther along than they’re letting on….

PP has been trying to backpedal ever since PP of East Central IA Dir. of Patient Services Barbara Chadwick let the cat out of the bag to IA Public Radio on May 21, but what she spoke was truth:

“We have been looking at initiating abortion service as a core service of all PPs, part of the Federation’s strategic plan for 2015.”
Medical abortions, Chadwick says, will be a key element in that strategy, and signing up for the long distance option will get her organization toward the goal faster.

I found the information below by googling “telemedicine Planned Parenthood.” Just as Pro-Life WI looked back and realized what PP of WI has been up to, so we can look back at information PP of the Great Northwest has had out for quite some time to gain an understanding of PP’s big telemed picture
First IA, then WI, now AK… These aren’t isolated or coincidental plans.
Here’s what’s been going on at PPGNW, chronologically…
PPGNW 2009 Annual Report:

We learned a lot in 2009. We harnessed technology for teaching and training as well as tested telemedicine services….
[O]ur primary focus remains on the health care needs of people in the Great Northwest. We’ll continue to increase access through online services and take the next step in expansion of our telemedicine project in AK….

The Marysville Globe, March 23, 2010:

PPGNW’s next challenges include… the adoption of telemedicine technologies, so that the agency can serve people in the most remote places that PPGNW covers.

Winter 2010 PPGNW newsletter:

We have completed our telemedicine pilot to benefit our most rural sites. In some areas in AK, patients do not have access to the services of a clinician without traveling to the closest large town, which can involve both boat and plane trips.
In a recent pilot test of this technology, a PPGNW clinician in ID, licensed in AK, with the help of medical assistants at our health center in Soldotna, AK, provided routine examinations and even prescribed contraception to 7 patients in Soldotna, using video conferencing and data transfer technologies. All involved felt it was a great success! We will be rolling out this new technology in Juneau and other rural health centers in AK soon.

Spring 2010 PPGNW newsletter, a full blown article on telemed (page 4)…
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… PPGNW decided to adopt telemedicine to increase clinician availability in rural areas such as Soldotna and Sitka, AK. It is often difficult to find and maintain full time clinicians in smaller communities. Without a clinician on site… a licensed provider would have to fly to the nearest health center, increasing costs….

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Services offered through telemedicine include discussing birth control methods and receiving prescriptions, emergency contraceptive visits, STI screenings, and options education.
PPGNW currently offers telemedicine in AK, but plans to expand the use of this new technology. Telemedicine allows PPGNW providers to… strive toward meeting the needs of people in rural communities, underserved areas, and small towns across our Great Northwest.

I wondered what “options education” is. From PP:

If you are pregnant, you have three options to think about – abortion, adoption, and parenting….
Family planning clinics, like your local PP health center, have specially trained staff who can talk with you about all of your options. But beware of so-called “crisis pregnancy centers”. These are fake clinics run by people who are anti-abortion. They often don’t give women all their options. They have a history of scaring women into not having abortions….

So PP apparently has a video or “counselors” ready to steer pregnant mothers in crisis and in isolated areas away from getting free help from a pregnancy care center to carry a baby to term, thereby narrowing their “options.” The next logical step, since an abortionist would otherwise have to be flown in, is to make a handy little abortion pill available.

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