Telemedicine Should Save Lives, Not End Them

Access to quality health care is a basic human right. Advances in technology have made it possible for so many to get the highest quality care no matter where they live. So many lives are being saved in remarkable ways using telemedicine.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will be considering Senate Bill 780 which will establish important guidelines about who can provide telemedicine services, and will clarify insurance coverage for those services. It is good to support advancements in telemedicine services, but only if they are ordered toward saving lives, not ending them.

State Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) proposed an amendment that would prohibit the use of telemedicine for abortions. This simple amendment would allow Senate Bill 780 to move forward without putting vulnerable unborn patients at risk.

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association are urging lawmakers to support the amendment and allow Senate Bill 780 to move forward without putting the lives of the vulnerable unborn at risk.


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