Planned Parenthood says Utah legislators may be trying to sneak a new abortion restriction into law by tucking it into a bill designed to expand telemedicine opportunities in rural areas.
Heather Stringfellow, vice president of Planned Parenthood of Utah, raised that question Friday in a hearing on HB340 before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
She noted that four lines in the bill say anyone using telemedicine — such as talking to a doctor via video connection — "may not issue a prescription through electronic prescribing for a drug or treatment to cause an abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother would be endangered without an abortion."
Stringfellow said, "It will pre-emptively cut off medicine for abortion for women in rural parts of our state. In other words, another whole abortion restriction has been tacked onto this telehealth reimbursement and payment legislation."