Telemedicine and medical abortion: dispelling safety myths, with facts

Roopan Gill, Wendy V. Norman


Telemedicine has widespread implications to improve health for individuals who are restricted by geographic barriers from access to high quality care. Successful utilization of this is exemplified by provision of early medical abortion in the United States. Though research has consistently supported the effectiveness of telemedicine for provision of medical abortion compared to in-person care, concerns about safety have led many states to pass laws prohibiting the use of telemedicine to provide medical abortion (1). Grossman and Grindlay’s paper provides compelling evidence that highlights telemedicine provision for medical abortions to be as safe as in-person care (2). This is important to facilitate its integration within healthcare systems.