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The Center for Reproductive Rights sued the state of Kansas Thursday over a ban on telemedicine abortions.
Telemedicine abortions allow women to take abortive drugs with the instruction of a virtual rather than in-person doctor.
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The ban on the Kansas Telemedicine Act also prohibits other services like speech pathology that are provided virtually.
A women’s reproductive rights group filed a lawsuit against the state of Kansas Thursday, challenging its ban on telemedicine abortions allowing women to forgo an in-person doctor consultation before aborting their unborn babies.
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The Center for Reproductive Rights sued the state over its block of the Kansas Telemedicine Act, which permits women to abort their unborn babies in the early stages of pregnancy using abortive drugs without mandating any kind of in-person prior visit to a medical professional, The Associated Press reported Thursday.
“By treating women seeking abortions differently from similarly-situated patients seeking all other forms of medical care delivered via telemedicine, the Act violates the rights of Plaintiff’s patients to equal protection under the law,” the lawsuit reads, according to The Wichita Eagle.
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The measure requires that state insurance companies cover a number of telemedicine services, abortion included, that are otherwise covered during in-person visits to the doctor.
The ban is set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2019, the AP reported.
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“Telemedicine was originally created as a way to treat patients who were located in remote places,” according to eVisit. Telemedicine offers a convenient, accessible form of care for patients, but that care is not always comprehensive due to its virtual nature.
A telemedicine abortion takes place with a nurse or trained technician present. The patient takes an abortion pill in the “virtual presence” of a doctor, and takes a second pill later at home...
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