Washington, DC—Katie Glenn, Government Affairs Counsel at Americans United for Life, issued the following statement admonishing Governor Tom Wolf’s veto of a bill that would have expanded crucial access to telemedicine.

“In this time of uncertainty, one thing remains clear: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf sides with the abortion industry, not Pennsylvanians in need. The General Assembly passed a commonsense bill to expand telemedicine options so Pennsylvanians could communicate with their doctors and access critical care without leaving their homes.

“However, this bill is not a blank check. To ensure patient safety, the bill maintained limitations to telemedicine as required by state and federal law. Some drugs and treatments cannot safely be used without greater supervision than telemedicine permits. And because one of these drugs is used for chemical abortion, Gov. Wolf decided the whole bill should be struck down.

“Governor Wolf vetoed a bill that would expand critical telemedicine options for all Pennsylvanians just because it could not be used to circumvent state and federal law to create a regime of at-home abortion. Governor Wolf has made it clear what his priority is–and it isn’t expanding healthcare access for rural Pennsylvanians.

Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization that holds the distinction of being the first national pro-life organization in America—incorporated in 1971. It protects and defends human life from conception to natural death through vigorous legislative, judicial, and educational efforts.

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