Planned Parenthood Brings Webcam Abortions To A Second Us State

10.31.11 | Sarah Harnisch

  Planned Parenthood has started doing 'webcam' abortions in a second state in America. On August 30, Planned Parenthood began performing RU486 chemical abortions at its Rochester, Minnesota clinic. So-called "webcam" or "telemedicine" abortions were pioneered by Planned Parenthood in Iowa. Rather than meeting the abortionist in person, a pregnant woman converses with him long-distance via webcam before receiving the abortion drugs. Planned Parenthood says the webcam method allows them to bring RU486 abortions to more women, especially in rural areas. But it's also even more dangerous then a regular abortion. Since 2000, 14 women have died from RU486, and thousands have suffered complications. The webcam technique means there are no doctors available for women that suffer a complication. Planned parenthood says the procedure has worked well for them-- they've been able to do more abortions, and it's brought it more revenue.