Bill banning mail delivery of abortion pills passes out of committee, heads to GA Senate – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA — Some Georgia lawmakers want to make it illegal to mail abortion pills or distribute them at state colleges and universities.

They say it should only be prescribed after consulting a doctor.

Critics say lawmakers shouldn’t tell doctors how to treat their patients.

A Senate committee passed the bill Wednesday along party lines.

The drug at the center of the bill is not the morning after pill, known as RU-486.

It is a pill prescribed by doctors to terminate a pregnancy.

The federal government recently lifted telemedicine restrictions on this drug. These lawmakers want to put them back.

State Sen. Ben Watson, himself a Savannah doctor, kept a tight lid on the bill’s hearing.

“Let me say, if you’re going to click or voice your opinion, and that includes my committee, we have security right outside the room, and I don’t want to do that,” Watson said during the interview. hearing.

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Bartow County State Senator Bruce Thompson drafted the bill and said he believes doctors should do an in-person examination before prescribing the pill.

“This bill is simply meant to protect the women of our state, not to restrict the abortion bill, but to ensure that it is taken the way it was designed,” he said. Thompson told Channel 2’s Richard Elliot.

Lawmakers have had ears on both sides of the argument from those who support the measure and those who oppose it.

“Telemedicine abortion is absolutely unwise,” said Suzanne Guy, who supports the bill.

“This is nothing but a performative bill in the middle of an election year,” said Stacy Fox of Planned Parenthood.

The bill passed the committee along party lines.

Gwinnett State Sen. Michelle Au, also a physician, opposes the bill, saying lawmakers don’t have to dictate patient care.

“I don’t think lawmakers should be in the habit of telling clinicians and doctors how to practice medicine and how to care for their patients,” Au said.

Au also accused Bill of pushing what she says is pseudoscience.

The bill will now head to the full Senate for a vote.

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