Ohio Senate panel OKs bill banning telemedicine abortions

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COLUMBUS, OH (AP) – Senators in Ohio are nearing a vote on a bill banning the use of telemedicine for medication abortions after the measure cleared committee last week.

Supporters say a doctor should physically be present when women take mifepristone for a chemical abortion to assure safety and answer questions.

Opponents argue women seeking abortions already must visit a clinic for counseling and an ultrasound 24 hours before the procedure.

The abortion medication is taken from home on the second day, while connected online with a clinician.

Wednesday’s vote sends the bill to the full Senate for a vote.

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