Abortions are still legal in America, but you wouldn’t know it today.

Women requiring an abortion are now forced, because of lack of access to doctors, to utilize telemedicine to effectively terminate a pregnancy, which is a legal procedure according to U.S. law. This has come about because of right-wing zealots and religious quacks, who are not only still a danger to our country, but specifically to women’s freedoms, partly because politicians have stopped standing up for hard fought rights we’ve won in the courts, allowing wingnuts to break the law and force women into an impossible situation.

The good news is that abortificients are effective and studies have shown they are also physically safe. The other positive sign is that telemedicine seems to work, which when you’re up against matters.

Using an abortificient like mifepristone, it’s what emergency reproductive health care for women looks like in rural Iowa and some other states, with Arizona, Kansas, North Dakota, Nebraska and Tennessee already jumping in to impede women’s freedom to control their own life.

The report comes from ABC News:

… As states increasingly enact laws that restrict women’s access to legal abortion and a dwindling number of doctors choose to perform them, women who live in rural states like Iowa have found it more difficult to terminate their pregnancies. But now, women who might otherwise travel hundreds of miles to see a physician have another option: telemedicine.

A woman seeking an abortion via telemedicine has an ultrasound performed by a trained technician, receives information about medical abortion and signs a standard informed consent for the abortion.

Once that is complete, a physician steps in via teleconference. The doctor reviews the woman’s medical history and ultrasound images, and once it is determined that she is eligible — up to nine weeks pregnant and not an ectopic pregnancy — she has time to ask questions.

Then, the doctor enters a computer passcode to remotely open a drawer at the clinic containing two pills. She then swallows the mifepristone, under the doctor’s supervision, and then is instructed to take four additional tablets of misoprostol within the next 24 to 48 hours. The actual abortion happens at home. […]

There’s really not a lot to add on this one that I haven’t written before, except to emphasize the opening paragraph:

As states increasingly enact laws that restrict women’s access to legal abortion

and a dwindling number of doctors choose to perform them, women who live in rural states like Iowa have found it more difficult to terminate their pregnancies. But now, women who might otherwise travel hundreds of miles to see a physician have another option: telemedicine.

What’s come to America that denies women a legal procedure due to the zealotry of a determined group to impede women’s freedoms, without the Democratic president and every single member of Congress on the Left standing up to demand women’s court-won rights be honored upheld?