The Washington Times published an informative article this week (Wed., 2/1/2012) by Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood clinic manager from Storm Lake, Iowa. Thayer ran the Planned Parenthood clinic in Storm Lake from 1991 to 2008. Originally, this clinic did not offer abortions, but in 2008 Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa required the clinic to perform telemed abortions.

Thayer made the following observations about telemed abortions:

.... Telemed abortion is the practice by which an abortion doctor from a remote location simply presses a button, which opens a drawer containing the dangerous abortion pill, after a brief teleconference call with the woman.

Telemed abortion doesnt only result in the death of an unborn child; it strips women of their dignity by denying them the courtesy of an in-person visit from a doctor concerned for their health and well-being. It risks their lives by sending them away with no support and a drug that has led to massive bleeding and hemorrhaging, infection and even death.

So what does Planned Parenthood, the trusted friend of women, love so much about telemed abortions? Low overhead costs.

My superiors justified telemed abortions, lauding the financial benefits of not having to worry about or pay for specialized equipment, staff and a traveling physician - all required with surgical abortions.

When I expressed my concerns, I was let go, supposedly because of downsizing.